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GARDA HELICOPTER TO ASSIST WITH GALWAY GORSE FIRES

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The Garda helicopter is on its way to Galway to assist fire services battling gorse fires.

Emergency services are attempting to contain several fires in the Galway West area this evening, however there are currently no homes in danger.

A gorse fire is being attended to in Baile An TSléibhe by two units while one unit is also battling a blaze in Knockarassar in Moycullen.

Galway Bay fm News reports a unit is also making its way to Boley Beg East on the Rahoon Road where a bog fire has also been reported.

However, a fire at Park East in Spiddal has now been brought under control.

Meanwhile, the Spiddal to Moycullen road is currently impassable through the mountain road and Gardaí are attempting to divert traffic away from the area.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible because of the volume of smoke in the area.

The Garda helicopter will assist the fire services in methods of tackling the fires.

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No deaths and 188 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide-with 13 cases recorded in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,792 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday, 20 September, the HPSC has been notified of 188 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 33,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 96 are men / 90 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • 36% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 19 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 76 cases are in Dublin, 25 in Cork, 21 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Galway, 7 in Roscommon and 7 in Waterford, with the remaining 23 cases spread across 12 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The spirit of the response to COVID-19 since the outset of this pandemic has been solidarity and cooperation. While this pandemic is a uniquely challenging time for everyone, we can and will support one another in getting through this.

“Encourage your family and friends to heed the public health advice. Now more than ever, we need to work collectively. Our individual actions count on a population level.

“Every one of us doing our bit in our daily lives – halving our social contacts, working from home, keeping our distance, wearing a face covering, washing our hands – matters a great deal. These small, positive steps taken together amount to our best and strongest defence against the virus.”

ENDS//

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Installation of new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure at Dyke Road draws widespread criticism

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

New Cycling infrastructure installed on the Dyke Road today has drawn widespread criticism from local cyclists, motorists and public representatives.

As part of the Galway City Council Mobility Team’s Covid-19 interventions, The Headford Road, Dyke Road and St. Brendan’s Avenue Junction has been closed and replaced with a bike rack and temporary bollards.

Vehicles coming from the Dyke road must now access the Headford road at St. Bridget’s Place Junction opposite Argos and LIDL.

According to the City Council, this intervention will provide shorter wait times at the junction for pedestrians and an increased capacity for vehicles.

The City Council’s Mobility Team has received hundreds of submissions in favour of safe cycling infrastructure between the city centre, Salthill, Knocknacarra and Barna.

The intervention has drawn widespread criticism across social media from motorists, cyclists and locals.

Cllr Owen Hanley says this new infrastructure at the Dyke road is dangerous and does not represent the needs of Galway Cyclists:

Galway Cycling campaign has hit out at the city council over its installation of a bike rack in the middle of the closed road and have called for its immediate removal to a safer location.

Roselyn Carroll from the organisation says the new infrastructure does not make sense:

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Over €408 thousand to connect two Athenry estates to public water services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Over 408 thousand euro has been allocated to connect two Athenry estates to public water services.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien today announced allocations under the new multi-annual capital investment programme.

The programme is focused on housing estates which are not taken-in-charge by local authorities and do not have their water services connected to the public water services network but rely instead on infrastructure, often temporary in nature, which was provided by developers.

Much of this infrastructure, generally consisting of small standalone wastewater treatment package plants were put in place in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Following consideration by an Expert Panel, the Minister today approved funding allocations amounting to just under €3.36 million to 10 local authorities to resolve 26 housing estates providing water services to almost 950 homes.

Lorro Gate in Athenry has secured almost 244 thousand euro, while Cluain na Cathrach in Athenry has been allocated over 165 thousand euro.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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