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Minister launches major timber research project in Letterfrack

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Junior Agriculture Minister is in Letterfrack this afternoon to officially launch a major timber research project.
The project involves building capacity to research and develop expertise in the seasoning, conversion and use of irish-grown hardwood timber.
The venture, between GMIT and state body COFORD, has been officially opened by Minister Andrew Doyle at GMIT’s Letterfrack campus in the past hour.
Earlier today, Minister Doyle was in East Galway where he opened a new regional office for forestry company VEON at Athenry Mart.
Minister Doyle says the work being carried out in Letterfrack is vital to the Irish timber industry.

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Galway TD critical of Government inaction on violence against women over past 20 years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has sharply criticised the Government in the Dáil over its ongoing failure to take meaningful action to tackle violence against women over the past two decades

Deputy Catherine Connolly noted that the death of Ashling Murphy has been described as a “watershed” moment by many, that has shone a spotlight on the issue.

However, she said countless spotlights have been shone on the issue over the past two decades, yet very little effective actions have been taken.

She cited a Government-commissioned report issued in 1997 that outlined the need for greater supports for women, as well as programmes for violent men that tackle their behavior.

Deputy Connolly argued we’ve known the exact scale of the problem for the past 25 years – yet the Government has done very little to address it.

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NUIG Student Union highlights availability of safety and door alarms

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The Student Union at NUI Galway has moved to highlight the availability of various safety alarms and door alarms for purchase at its shop.

The union is creating awareness of safety measures in light of the tragic death of Aisling Murphy in Tullamore.

It comes as hospitality has fully reopened with greater numbers of students socialising at night.

Vice President Cora Clarke says the alarms are available at no major cost and may make many feel safer.

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Project team extends deadline for Galway Greenway public consultation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials have moved to extend the deadline for the third phase of public consultation on the Athlone to Galway greenway until the end of February.

Councillor Joe Byrne told this week’s meeting of the local authority that while there has been good interaction with the project team, interacting on the ground with landowners has been a problem due to COVID restrictions.

Last month, Route Corridor 5 was identified as the Emerging Preferred Corridor as it was stated it offers the potential to develop a highly scenic cycleway from Galway to Athlone.

The route travels through a variety of landscapes, starting at the edge of Galway Bay and traversing along the Burren Lowlands, the Slieve Aughty mountains, the River Shannon, and the Midlands Bogs.

Director of Services Derek Pender told the meeting it was always the intention to have boots on the ground, and hopefully now that can be expedited.

The project team has since confirmed the deadline will be extended by one month to Monday February 28th.

Councillor Byrne says face to face meetings with landowners on the ground have been the missing link.

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