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Initial plans for Clifden to Maam road upgrade go on display

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The initial plans for the development of the N. 59 road between Clifden and Maam Cross are on display to the public in Connemara today and tomorrow

This is part of the process aimed at bringing the main Galway to Clifden road up to aignificantly higher standard than it is at the moment.

The first draft of the plan would keep with the present route of the N. 59 for three-quarters of the way from Clifden to Maam Cross. Rerouting would take place away from the present road for a quarter of the 30 kilometre – or 19 miles -distance.

The plans are on display in the Station House Hotel in Clifden all day today…and tomorrow and the public can get further information from officials and engineers.

It is early stages yet and a complicated planning process is in train; much of the area in west Connemara adjacent to the N. 59 is a Special Area of Conservation.

The Council will meet landowners next week in relation to the project. Two hundred landowners are affected.

It could be 2016, or later, before work could begin…and the total cost could be over €50m.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.

Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….

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Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.

The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.

In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.

Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.

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