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Long-awaited arthouse cinema to finally open in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The long-awaited Pálás arthouse cinema in the city will officially open to the public this Friday. (23/2)
Element Pictures took over the management of the cinema at Spanish Parade in late 2016.
The arthouse cinema project, which has taken around a decade to complete, has been dogged by controversy.
It suffered delays and setbacks due to various circumstances including funding issues.
The total amount spent on creating the cinema is just over 9 million euro, more than 50 per cent higher than the original estimate.
Pálás will finally open its doors to the public this Friday, bringing an eclectic mix of the best new Irish and international films, shorts, documentaries, special events and festivals.
All the films that will screen this coming weekend are hotly tipped for Oscars, including Ladybird starring Saoirse Ronan and I, Tonya with Margot Robbie.
The restaurant element of the cinema will also be open for the weekend.
Element Pictures says it fully believes that Pálás will now be at the heart of cultural life in the city, similar to its sister cinema, the Light House in Dublin.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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