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Galway West TD calls on Irish water to step up following EPA report

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West Fianna Fáil is calling on Irish water to expedite water treatment schemes for Ahascragh, Carraroe, Kinvara and Spiddal.

The areas were among a list of 42 towns and villages named in an EPA report today with no treatment or preliminary treatment only.

This means that raw sewage is seeping into water systems across the country.

Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv says Irish Water need to deal with this issue once and for all.

Clifden is also named as one of seven areas nationwide where current infrastructure does not comply with a European Union Directive for waste water treatment.

The study by the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that it will be mid-2015 for the required secondary treatment of urban waste water in Clifden to be complete.

Connemara Area Cllr Eileen Mannion says contracts will be signed for Clifden treatment plant next month and work is also progressing on the network in the town

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Ryanair investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding 8 new routes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ryanair is investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding eight new routes there.

It’s part of the airline’s recovery for the facility after the pandemic.

The majority of the new services will run in the winter, and will include flights to Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest and Birmingham in England.

The airline is now calling on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Aviation Taskforce, which includes a new National Aviation Policy.

The Shannon Group has welcomed the investment, and committment, saying it’s an important step on the road to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryanair also says its pre-pandemic service hasn’t returned at Cork Airport due to a lack of incentives.

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Participants sought for NUIG study on seafood packaging

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Participants are being sought for a NUI Galway study on seafood packaging and waste management.

The study is part of an EU project which supports the sustainable development of the seafood sector in the Atlantic area.

Ireland has one of the lowest levels of consumption of seafood in Western Europe with very different consumption patterns that produce a lot of packaging.

Ireland tends to consume, on average, higher portions of packaged or frozen seafood, while other European countries lean towards fresh seafood.

The study at NUI Galway aims to understand Irish consumers knowledge of seafood packaging and waste management and how they compare to findings in Spain and Portugal.

Ultimately, the results will be used to help guide public policy that will promote efficient use of seafood packaging.

Participants are being sought for the study, which involves online questionnaires that take approximately 10 minutes – further information is available on the NUI Galway website.

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Petition to restore Galway-Dublin 20-X20 service gathers almost 1,400 signatures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A petition to restore the Bus Eireann Galway-Dublin 20-X20 Expressway service has gathered almost 1,400 signatures.

The service – which served Craughwell, Loughrea, Aughrim and Ballinasloe – was axed by the semi-state firm following a viability review.

Bus Eireann says the route was not state-subsidised and the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining expressway services.

The move has been fiercely opposed by local politicians who claim it is a contradiction of Government policy on providing public transport options to reduce vehicle congestion on our roads.

A petition created by Sinn Fein on website Change.org, calling for the service to be restored, has now gathered almost 1,400 signatures over the past week.

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