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Major safety works due at Kilmeen Cross early next year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Major road safety improvement works are set to be carried out at Kilmeen Cross near Loughrea early next year.
It marks a significant step forward for a long running local campaign which has raised serious concerns over the accident black spot.
The Kilmeen Cross junction is the point where the N65 turns off towards Portumna, coming out of Loughrea town.
The County Council is currently installing improved signage at the junction, ahead of major works set to be undertaken in the first quarter of 2018.
The project will involve the redesign of the junction and the full resurfacing of the road towards Loughrea.
However, Transport Infrastructure Ireland has refused to fund the installation of lighting at Kilmeen Cross based on a study of the location.
Loughrea Councillor Michael Moegie Maher says while the works are welcome, lighting has a crucial role to play in improving safety.
Councillor Maher says a meeting has been sought with TII to discuss the situation – and support is needed from Galway’s Oireachtas members.

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Garda investigation following road crash at Cloughanover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating following a single vehicle road crash which occurred on the N84 outside Headford at the weekend.

The incident took place at approximately 4am yesterday (June 13) when a vehicle crashed near a car dealership based in Cloughanover.

A number of parked vehicles at the dealership were damaged as a result of the collision.

The driver, a man aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Garda investigations are ongoing.

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Pilot Covid-19 antigen testing scheme begins at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot scheme of rapid Covid-19 antigen testing is being introduced at NUI Galway and three other colleges.

The project, which will be called UniCov, will conduct a large-scale analysis of rapid testing technologies to support students returning to campus.

The scheme begins today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork.

Thousands of students and staff will participate in the study which will be optional.

It comes as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris will bring a memo to Government tomorrow confirming a significant increase in on-site college activity from September.

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IBEC warns poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – IBEC is warning that poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the west of Ireland.

The business group is calling on the Government to ensure that the National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland supports an enhanced National Development Plan, underpinned by an ambitious programme of world class public services and infrastructure developments.

As part of its call for enhanced public services in the west, IBEC has set out its infrastructure priorities for the region as part of its submission on the National Development Plan.

The group wants increased capital investment in further and higher education and the establishment a Technological University in the region, an upgrade to the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo, and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny routes, an acceleration of the National Broadband Plan and a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

Meanwhile, the group has also earmarked the proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road and the Galway Transport Strategy as key projects for the region.

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