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Irish Water to meet City Council Chief over Ballyloughane beach bathing ban

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Head of Operations and Maintenance at Irish Water is to meet with the Chief Executive of Galway City Council on Wednesday to discuss water quality issues at Ballyloughane beach.
‘Do not swim’ notices were posted on Tuesday, however the ban has since been lifted.
In a statement issued to Galway Bay fm news, Irish Water says it’s working with Galway City Council to improve the sewerage system in the east of the city.
It adds that a scheme has been entered in the Capital Investment Plan 2014-2016 in this regard.
A spokesperson has also advised that the Head of Operations and Maintenance at Irish Water Ray O’Dwyer is to meet the Chief Executive of the City Council Brendan McGrath on Wednesday.
Councillor Terry O’Flaherty says three possible sources of contamination have been identified.
These include nearby septic tanks, the toilet block at the beach and surface water outfalls in the vicinity.

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City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.

Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.

It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.

The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.

With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.

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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.

The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.

The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.

A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.

It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.

The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.

192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.

10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.

Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.

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