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Independent review group recommends closure of Eyrecourt post office

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An independent review group has upheld An Post’s decision to close Eyrecourt post office.
The East Galway post office close to the Offaly border is one of 18 branches in Galway selected for closure as part of a restructuring plan.
After receiving a 70 page submission from campaigners, the review group analysed a number of key criteria including customer base, population and the proximity of the nearest branch.
Post offices are required to serve a population of at least 500, and have a distance of more than 15 kilometres from the nearest branch.
The Eyrecourt branch is now due to close its doors on January 15th.
However local campaigners argue the decision does not consider the social and community needs of the area.
The closest branch is located in Banagher, however locals argue the road from Eyrecourt to Banagher is not safe for elderly drivers and there is no public transport option.
At 2, hear Ellen Davis, one of the local campaigners against the closure, who says over 200 pensioners rely on the service….

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4,731 cases of Covid-19 confirmed through PCR tests

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A further 4,731 cases of Covid 19 through PCR test have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

There have also been 3,395 cases registered through a positive antigen test online.

The five day moving average has dropped to 10,519 – down from 11, 231 yesterday.

Currently in Irish hospitals there are 845 people with the virus, 79 of whom are in intensive care.

The UK’s recorded a further 74-thousand-799 Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period.

That’s slightly down on yesterday’s official daily figures.

75 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test.

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An Bord Pleanála considering proposal for strategic housing development in Oranmore

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is considering a proposal for a strategic housing development in Oranmore, which would involve 101 apartments.

The development at a site at Station Road, Carrowmoneash would also involve a creche facility.

Torca Construction Limited is leading the application for the development which would span over five blocks.

Two of the blocks would be four-storey, while the remaining three would be built as three-storey.

The plan also provides for a detached creche facility including a secure outdoor play area, as well as 133 car parking spaces.

There would also be a central landscaped courtyard and public open space with bicycle parking.

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision in April.

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LISTEN: Councillor Seeks In-Person Public Consultation on Salthill Cycleway Proposals

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – In-Person workshops could ease frustration with online consultation process over the proposal to develop cycle lanes in Salthill.

That is the opinion of Fianna Fail Councillor John Connolly who has called on Galway City Council to use Leisureland to host information workshops on the proposals.

He argues that while the opportunity is there for the proposals to be seen online, he has been contacted by residents who have been frustrated by the online process and there is now an opportunity to hold in person public consultations which will be more comprehensive, meaningful and informative on the proposal and options for the cycle way:

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