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Major traffic disruption forecast as traffic light system is introduced at Dunmore accident blackspot

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists traveling on the N83 between Dunmore and Tuam are likely to face delays over a considerable number of months, as a traffic management system is introduced at an accident blackspot.
The stretch of road at Carrowmunniagh, known locally as ‘Twenty Minute Hill’, is to be reduced to one lane with a traffic light system in place.
One road fatality was recorded in the location last year, as well as six serious incidents in the last five months.
The measure is being introduced in the interest of health and safety, and to faciltate a risk assessment.
Officials advised a meeting of Tuam area councillors that the TII has given a verbal commitment to carry out the required safety works.
It’s understood the traffic light system could be in place for up to 18 months as the design and acquisition stages are followed through.
Local councillor Pete Roche says safety must come first but has urged officials to consider if a traffic light system is the only option.
Rachel Lowe is Senior Executive Engineer with Tuam Municipal District – she says the decision to introduce lights was not taken lightly.

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Gardaí seize suspected cocaine in Ballinasloe as part of Operation Tara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have seized €45,000 of suspected cocaine under Operation Tara in Ballinasloe.

Gardaí attached to Ballinasloe Garda Station conducted an intelligence led operation in the Dunlo Harbour area of the town yesterday.

During the course of this operation a quantity of suspected cocaine, estimated to be worth €45,000 concealed on derelict grounds was seized.

A male in his mid-teens was arrested at the scene and detained at Ballinasloe Garda Station on Sunday.

He has since been released with a file being prepared for the Garda Youth Diversion Office.

The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels.

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14 Covid patients being treated at UHG today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 14 patients are being treated for Covid 19 at UHG today.

The hospital now has the seventh highest number of coronavirus patients nationwide.

There are four Covid patients being treated in the intensive care unit at the acute city hospital.

In the east of the county, there is just one patient being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

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Contractor to be appointed shortly for new footbridge at Clarin College Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contractor is expected to be appointed shortly for a long-sought new pedestrian footbridge at Clarin College Athenry.

The matter arose at Athenry-Oranmore District level, where it was confirmed by senior engineers that “everything is ready to go”.

Tenders were issued in July and have now been assessed, with the local authority awaiting the official appointment of the successful contractor.

It’s expected once underway, the works will take around eight weeks to complete – though no provisional start date has yet been offered.

The footbridge was included in the original plans for the new school, but the works were excluded from the original contracts which led to long-running delays.

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