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Kilbannon road widening project unlikely to get underway until 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-awaited road widening project at Kilbannon near Tuam is now unlikely to get underway until next year.

The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the Tuam Municipal District, where Councillors Colm Keavney and Donagh Killilea expressed concerns over the project.

The works will see a 1.2 kilometre section from Duddy’s Pub to Kilconly GAA Club significantly widened, as well as the installation of a walkway and cycleway.

The project has suffered significant delays as a result of Covid-19 – and it was revealed this week by council engineers that it’s unlikely to start “this side of Christmas”.

Discussions over land are ongoing and are expected to take another few weeks, after which point a contractor will be sought – which means all going to plan, works would likely get underway in Spring.

Councill staff gave an assurance that there is a good relationship between landowners and the local authority, and they’re confident the land needed will be acquired by agreement.

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Minister Ryan appoints Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh chairperson of Shannon Group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh has been appointed Chairperson designate of the Shannon Group.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced the move today, saying Mr O’Ceidigh will bring extensive experience and sectoral knowledge to the role.

He has held senior management positions including Executive Officer and Chairman of Aer Arann for some 26 years, and served as a Senator

Commenting on his appointment, Mr O’Ceidigh said Shannon Airport is a vital economic engine for the Shannon Region and wider west of Ireland economy.

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Funding approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that funding will be provided for the additional accommodation

It includes two new mainstream classrooms and a special education teacher room to cater for the current demand within the recently built school.

Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney says it’s important that an area like Lackagh has the capacity to deliver education in modern facilities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Slight fall in numbers claiming PUP in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 106,000 people will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.

That’s a drop of over 4,500 on last week.

The greatest reduction was in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

In Galway, the drop in number is very small this week – it’s gone down 260

This means 5,440 people are still on the PUP in Galway

Commenting on the national figures Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys say today’s figures show the number claiming payments has now fallen for 33 consecutive weeks.

Since February, the number of young people, under the age of 25, who were claiming the PUP is down by over 90 per cent.

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