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Milk suppliers chief hits out at call for waterway buffer zone on Galway farms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Calls for a 10 metre buffer zone to exclude cattle from all streams, rivers and lakes could prove to be a massive issue for Galway farmers.

That’s the view of the President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association who says such a demand would load more costs onto already struggling farm families.

Lobby group, Friends of the Irish Environment, has called on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to introduce the zones following what they argue are repeated closures of bathing waters this summer.

President of the ICMSA John Comer says farmers have never been more aware of their role as guardians of the countryside and the environment.

He argues that imposing such a restriction would need to be supported by real facts and evidence.

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ATU Galway to host public seminar on skills needs of traditional building sector

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- ATU Galway, formerly GMIT, is set to hold a public seminar on the skills needs of the traditional building sector in Ireland.

The seminar will involve a panel discussion between representatives from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the society for the protection of ancient Buildings, education providers and representatives of the traditional skills sector.

The seminar will be held on Friday 3rd of June with further information found on ATU’s Galway International Hotel School website.

This will be followed by a demonstration of traditional skills at the Irish Workhouse centre in Portumna on Saturday 4th of June.

Event Organiser and heritage lecturer at ATU, Gary Dempsey explained the seminar will help preserve traditional building skills:

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Galway public hospitals significantly affected by national strike by medical scientists

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Galway’s public hospitals are significantly affected by today’s national strike by medical scientists.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the Saolta Hospital group, which includes UHG and Merlin Park, says many elective surgeries and outpatient procedures have been cancelled as a result.

Significant delays at emergency departments are also expected.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Tony Canavan explained patients have been contacted about cancelled procedures.

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Contract for 12 million euro upgrade of Oranmore Train Station to be signed next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contract for significant upgrade works at Oranmore Train Station is set to be signed shortly.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport – Hildegarde Naughton – says the contract for the 12 million euro works will be signed next week.

The redevelopment will include the addition of a second platform and a 1 kilometre section of double-track that will increase capacity between Athenry and Galway.

The Minister and Galway West Fine Gael TD, who’s a native of Oranmore, says it’s expected the works will take approximately 18 months, with a completion date of early 2024.

Minister Naughton says work along the coast road has also been completed which means easier access to Oranmore station – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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