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Galway rail services could face the chop due to lack of funding for Irish Rail

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Rail services to and from Galway could be axed if Irish Rail doesn’t receive a major cash injection.
According to today’s Irish Independent, the Government has been told that intercity services to Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford face closure unless there is massive investment.
The worst-case scenario, which would involve the closure of rail services to Galway and places such as Westport and Athlone has been outlined by Irish Rail.
It says it needs a cash investment of 460 million euro to make up for a lack of funding over the past few years.
The report suggests that even if some funding is secured by Irish Rail, little-used services such as the Limerick to Galway route still face closure.
Documents released to the Irish Independent under a Freedom of Information request, show that accumulated losses at Irish Rail stand at 150 million euro.
The Department of Transport will consider funding for Irish Rail in the context of the new National Planning Framework which is due to be published in the coming weeks.

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Funding allocated to cover just 28 of 237 local road improvement applications in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been allocated for just 28 out of 237 local road improvement applications in county Galway.

That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney who says the Government must urgently increase LIS funding to deal with the scale of applications in the county.

It comes as the County Council has received 237 valid applications at a total estimated cost of €10.8 million.

However this year the Local Authority was only able to allocate roughly €900,000 which equates to approximately 28 minor road improvement schemes.

LIS provides funding for improvement works on small roads and laneways in rural areas which are not maintained by Local Authorities and provide access to people’s homes and farms or to amenities such as lakes, rivers or beaches.

Deputy Canney argues the funding for county Galway represents less than 10% of the amount needed.

He says the Government must intervene and address the shortfall.

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294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.

39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.

It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.

While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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