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Galway senator seeks answers on environmental impact of Connemara drilling

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway senator wants the Department of the Environment to provide information on a screening process for an exploration and mining plan for minerals in Connemara.
In the Seanad this week, Sinn Féin senator, Trevor O’ Clochartaigh posed a question to the Environment Minister to outline what work has been done so far as part of the mining operation in Carna.
Canadian mining company, Moag has been carrying exploration and drilling works at the site in Carna.
The company is looking for a mineral called molybdenum which is often used to harden steel.
So far the results have been described as ‘encouraging’.
Senator O’ Clochartaigh wants to know what further works are planned by the company and if there has been any environmental impact.
Speaking in the Seanad, he requested information on the screening carried out by the Department of the Environment.
Responding on behalf of the Environment Minister, Junior Minister and Galway West T.D Seán Kyne says he has not received any screening report as yet.

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Garda investigation following road crash at Cloughanover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating following a single vehicle road crash which occurred on the N84 outside Headford at the weekend.

The incident took place at approximately 4am yesterday (June 13) when a vehicle crashed near a car dealership based in Cloughanover.

A number of parked vehicles at the dealership were damaged as a result of the collision.

The driver, a man aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Garda investigations are ongoing.

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Pilot Covid-19 antigen testing scheme begins at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot scheme of rapid Covid-19 antigen testing is being introduced at NUI Galway and three other colleges.

The project, which will be called UniCov, will conduct a large-scale analysis of rapid testing technologies to support students returning to campus.

The scheme begins today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork.

Thousands of students and staff will participate in the study which will be optional.

It comes as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris will bring a memo to Government tomorrow confirming a significant increase in on-site college activity from September.

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IBEC warns poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – IBEC is warning that poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the west of Ireland.

The business group is calling on the Government to ensure that the National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland supports an enhanced National Development Plan, underpinned by an ambitious programme of world class public services and infrastructure developments.

As part of its call for enhanced public services in the west, IBEC has set out its infrastructure priorities for the region as part of its submission on the National Development Plan.

The group wants increased capital investment in further and higher education and the establishment a Technological University in the region, an upgrade to the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo, and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny routes, an acceleration of the National Broadband Plan and a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

Meanwhile, the group has also earmarked the proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road and the Galway Transport Strategy as key projects for the region.

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