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Growing concern about lack of English language motorway signage for Claregalway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county council has been lambasted about the lack of signage on the motorway indicating the exit for Claregalway.
Claregalway is in a gaeltacht area, therefore the place name must be indicated in Irish on road signage.
However local councillors argue that many people don’t know that Baile Chláir means Claregalway and therefore are missing the exit for the area.
Local TDs have been called on to lobby Transport Infrastructure Ireland to allow the english version of Claregalway appear on motorway signage.
At a meeting of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, Councillor Frank Kearney said it’s ‘appalling’ if the county council signed off on such signage and was complicit in it only having the Irish placename for Claregalway.
He wants the council to make a submission to Minister of State for the Gaeltact, Joe McHugh again, imploring him to allow English language signage be erected.
Cllr. Kearney said if something isn’t done, locals will have to go out themselves and erect temporary signs.
The Fine Gael councillor also raised concern that towns and villages along the N63 have been completely ignored in terms of signage off the new M17-M18 motorway.
Roscommon is the only town on the N63 mentioned with places such as Mountbellew, Moylough, Abbeyknockmoy and Turloughmore left out.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.

Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.

Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.

Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.

Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.

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