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High Court injunction sought to stop extraction of water from Connemara lake

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A High Court injunction is being sought to stop the controversial extraction of water from a lake in Connemara.
The injunction is being sought by Friends of the Irish Environment to force fish farm operator Marine Harvest to remove a 3 kilometre pipeline feeding fresh water from Loch an Oir to Galway Bay.
Marine Harvest says that the pipe, constructed in June, is essential for treating Ameobic Gill Disease in Salmon.
The company has applied for retention of the pipeline after Galway County Council ruled that it was unauthourised and required planning permission.
Tony Lowes, Director of Friends of the Irish Environment, says that retention can not be sought when development requires assessment under EU law.

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Streets of Galway 8K takes place this morning

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – After an absence of over a year, the Galway Clinic Streets of Galway 8k takes place this morning in the city.

One of the iconic road races in the calendar, this year is the 35th running of the event and will see the runners leave the start line at Galway Technical Institute on Fr Griffin Road in the next half hour.

The race goes over Wolfe Tone Bridge, up Merchants Road, along the Skeff side of Eyre Square, Eglinton Street, over the Salmon Weir Bridge, up University Road, turning left at The Hospital, down Newcastle Road then St Marys Road via Maxol Station, White strand Road.

From there, the runners will go via Devon Dental, along Dr Mannix Road, going left and passing Pearse Stadium, down Rockbarton and Leisureland on to Salthill Prom. The route goes along the Prom past Seapoint and the Aquarium turning right shortly after Claude Toft Park and towards South Park to the finish line.

Motorists are reminded to expect slight delays on these roads between 10.30 and approximately 12.30 this afternoon.

Galway Bay FM will be providing updates throughout the race.

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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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2,427 cases of Covid 19 reported nationally today.

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The Department of Health has confirmed a further 2,427 cases of Covid 19 today.

It’s the second highest daily total since late January.

There are 449 patients hospitalised with the virus – a decrease of six on yesterday.

93 patients are in ICU with the virus – up three since Friday.

Figures for Galway Hospitals released yesterday evening shows that Galway University Hospital has again the second highest number of Patients with covid 19 with 35.

Of that number 6 are in ICU.

In Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 11 in hospital with Covid 19.

Of that figure, 2 are in ICU.

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