Galway Bay fm newsroom – Train passengers travelling between Galway and Dublin and Galway and Limerick experienced long delays again yesterday, as another incident affected the route.
A fire at Athenry railway station meant trains approaching the station in both directions were stalled for almost two hours.
The fire at the station broke out just after half five yesterday evening and it involved the roof of a shelter at the platform.
Two units of the fire brigade attended and put out the fire within 9 minutes, however the crew were on site for about two hours to ensure the area was made safe.
Trains travelling between Galway and Dublin and Galway and Limerick were delayed as a result.
It follows delays of several hours the previous day after a lorry hit Lough Atalia bridge and problems at Heuston Station in Dublin.
While, Irish Rail tweeted some information during yesterday’s stoppage, many passengers complained about a lack of information, which was compounded by humid weather.
Spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann, Barry Kenny told Galway Bay fm News that a series of events, including signalling faults, caused yesterday’s delays.
Work is underway to repair the traffic lights at University Hospital Galway
Repairs are now underway to repair the lights at University Hospital Galway.
An announcement on the Galway City Council Social Media Pages yesterday evening had advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area if possible saying that transport and infrastructure staff were aiming to replace the lights by next Tuesday.
Galway Bay FM News now understands that the contractor is now at the lights but repairs are expected to take some time.
Visiting restrictions currently in place in Galway Clinic
Visiting restrictions have been put into place in The Blackrock Health Galway Clinic
The clinic confirmed to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that due to the influx of seasonal flu and Covid-19 infection, visiting is restricted throughout the hospital.
This has been done to protect at-risk patients.
Visiting hours at the hospital are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily and only one visitor is permitted to attend per patient with a time limit of 15-20 minutes.
Speculation is rife in the United States that Marty Walsh is to leave politics
News is emerging from Washington that Marty Walsh, the son of Connemara emigrants, may shortly be leaving his position in the United States government to take up a powerful advocacy and administrative role in the National Hockey Association of America (NHLPA).
Walsh, a son of emigrants from Carna and Rosmuc, is the secretary for Labor Affairs in the US Government putting him in the eighth position behind the president.
He is also a former Mayor of the city of Boston.
He is also known to be a close personal friend of the president.
It is understood that all members of the player’s union board in the Hockey Association of the United States and Canada endorsed an effort yesterday to recruit Walsh to head their union.
According to sources close to Marty Walsh, details are being discussed.
In terms of money, the deal is very significant – running into millions of dollars per year according to some reports.
Walsh has been in conversation with President Biden in recent days.
It is all a big surprise but Marty Walsh may not be cutting all ties with politics.
He would be coming back to Massachusetts where he could possibly contest a United States Senate seat in the future.