Galway Bay fm newsroom – St. Brigid’s complex in Ballinasloe is going from bad to worse as regards dereliction.
That’s according to local Sinn Fein councillor Dermot Connolly who raised the issue at Municipal District level urging officials to push for a fresh approach on its future use.
Fianna Fail Michael Connolly argued it’s a public property on public lands owned by the HSE, and the public is observing the dereliction of a very valuable site.
He argued it’s very unsightly and the MD has a role to try and ensure every place looks well.
Councillor Dermot Connolly said a lot of people are annoyed to see it not being utilised and a strong statement is needed from the municipal district.
Officials advised that although there are certain protocols on how they dispose of the lands, the HSE are the owners and the local authority only has a certain role in relation to zoning and planning.
Director of Services Alan Farrell said it’s a critical site in terms of the development of the town and a master plan would be a positive step forward.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
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.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
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.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
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.