Islanders concerned over interim use of Shannon Airport for Aran Islands’ air service
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Islanders are concerned over the proposed interim use of Shannon airport to provide flights to the Aran Islands.
The Gaeltacht Minister is being urged to accelerate plans to secure the future of an air service for the three islands from Na Minna airport.
Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne has ensured there will be an air service from the Aran Islands after December 6th, when Aer Arann will cease its Public Service Obligation contract.
However there is still no clarity about the long term future of the air service following this week’s discussions between the Department of the Gaeltacht, Aer Arann and Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh.
Islanders have been told that if no agreement is reached, an alternative air service will operate from Shannon airport.
It’s understood discussions are ongoing on the possible sale of Na Minna airport to the State.
Tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour to hear Cathy Ni Ghoill of the SOS committee for the Aran Islands air service
Plans for luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord rejected
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord in North Connemara have been rejected.
The commercial treehouse would have been located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.
It was billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would have accommodated up to four people.
But the plans have now been rejected by county planners, largely on environmental grounds.
They weren’t satisfied that the treehouse wouldn’t impact on nearby SAC’s – the Twelve Bens, Garraun Complex, Maumturk Mountains and Mweelrea/Sheeffry/Erriff Complex.
Separate traffic incidents cause road closures on the Curraghline and near Roscahill
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Separate traffic incidents have led to road closures on the N83 Curraghline and on the N59 near Roscahill
It’s understood that on the Galway to Headford road a truck has jack-knifed between Regan’s Clonboo and McGaugh’s garden centre
The Gardai, fire engines and ambulances are at the scene
It’s not known at this point if any other vehicles are involved, or if anyone has been injured
The incident occurred at approximately 1:10pm
Gardai say the road is currently closed and diversions are in place.
Motorists are advised that the incident is causing long delays
Across the county on the N59 Galway to Clifden road a collision has caused the closure of one lane near Roscahill
This closure is also causing delays
New orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park only operating at 60 percent capacity
Galway Bay fm newsroom – New orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park hospital are only operating at about 60 percent capacity.
Two theatres were opened last year at a cost of €10m after a long-running saga spanning five years.
But the HSE Health Forum West heard this week that current staffing only allows 12 theatre sessions per week, compared to the full capacity volume of 20 sessions.
It was confirmed that approval has been recently given to recruit the necessary staff to reach the higher level of operation.
David Nevin spoke to Councillor Donagh Killilea – and he’s very unhappy with the situation.