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Loughrea area councillor calls for emergency funding for roads repairs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A County Councillor says if the Department of Transport is not willing to give the local authority adequate roads funding, motorists should be allowed to offset the cost of damage to their vehicles against their motor tax.
Loughrea area councillor Joe Byrne brought a motion to today’s meeting of the Loughrea Municipal District, calling for emergency funding for urgent road repairs.
Following a study the councillor conducted across a section of South Galway, he identified 33 roads in urgent need of significant repair.
Councillor Byrne says at current funding levels, it’d take the County Council 50 years to bring Galway’s road network up to standard.
And we’ll be speaking in detail with Cllr Byrne on FYI Galway from 5 this evening.

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Contractor to be appointed to Clifden Flood Defence Scheme

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A contractor is to be appointed to the long-awaited Clifden Flood Defence Scheme in the coming weeks.

The matter arose at this week’s meeting of the Connemara municipal district, where a council engineer outlined a timeline for the project.

With a contractor set to be selected this month, the first stage will then be scheme assessment, development and design.

This is expected to last until the first quarter of 2022, and will include public consultations.

Thereafter will follow a number of stages including planning, detailed design and procurement, before the project finally moves to construction.

Under the current timeline, it’s estimated that the flood relief scheme will be fully delivered by 2025.

It was indicated that it is unlikely that short-term measures would be viable, as they would take considerable time to deliver and would impact on the overall long-term solution.

Councillor Eileen Mannion welcomed the timelines but expressed concern over what could happen in the meantime if there’s another flooding event.

Councillor Mannion says with the final scheme still a few years away, people in Clifden are very worried about potential flooding.

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Gardai appeal for information following damage to boat at Oughterard Pier

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai in Oughterard are appealing for information after a boat was damaged in Oughterard last month.

Significant damage was caused to the rear of the boat while it was moored at Oughterard Pier and Gardaí believe the damage was caused by another vessel, or pleasure craft.

The incident is believed to have happened on a date between the 12th and 17th of May.

Gardaí are interested in speaking with anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the pier on these dates and who may be able to assist them with their enquiries.

In particular they are anxious to talk to anyone who may have witnessed a collision with this boat or who may have video footage, including dash cam footage, of this location covering the dates in question.

Anyone with information is asked to make contact with Garda Peter Naughton at Oughterard Garda Station on (091) 557320 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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LISTEN: Seamus Walsh is elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Walsh is new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District

He was elected at last evening’s meeting, where warm tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Fianna Fáil councillor Gerry King

He was praised for how he carried out his duties in the difficult and unprecedented year of the pandemic. 

Councillor Walsh started by saying the most immediate danger to their location was the county development plan

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