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Galway TD slams slow roll-out of high-speed rural broadband

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the roll-out of high-speed broadband in rural Ireland has been a disaster – and the Government is only kicking the can down the road.
Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv says it’ll be 2023 before more than half a million rural homes and businesses are fully connected under the National Broadband Plan.
Contracts are set to be awarded this year – but Communications Minister Denis Naughten says network roll-out will take a further 3 to 5 years.
There are currently 39 thousand premises across Galway classified as requiring state intervention under the scheme.
It aims to guarantee a minimum connection speed of 30MB – however, many areas in Ireland are still on 2 or 3MB connections.

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LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.

The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

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New upgrade for Millennium Skate Park welcomed by City Councillor

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway City Councillor has welcomed the latest upgrade to the Millennium Skate Park in the city as the Galway Skateboard Association prepares for their Skatefest this weekend.

The Skate Fest will runs throughout the weekend at the park and on Eyre Square.

Recent upgrades have seen a rebuild to the park with a new concrete surface to replace the old modular version and the festival is expected to see close to 200 skaters from around the country visit the park this weekend.

Social Democrats Councillor Owen Hanley welcomed the refurbishment saying that it will lead to more using the park for its proper purpose and less for anti-social behaviour.

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LISTEN: New access system proposed to tackle illegal dumping at Sonnagh Bog

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A new controlled access system is being proposed to tackle illegal dumping at Sonnagh Bog near Kilchreest.

Independent Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who was elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Loughrea Municipal District on Monday last, says the system wiill aim to address repeat issues at Turf Bank, known locally as Taylor’s Road.

She’s seeking to speak to landowners or persons with turbary rights to work on reaching consensus on the proposal.

Councillor Donohue says some form of action is needed and enough is enough…

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