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More tolls considered for Galway to Ballinasloe motorway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The cost of travelling between Galway and Ballinasloe on the motorway could increase if new tolls are introduced.

N6 Concession, which operates the M6 motorway, wants to toll ramps to capture motorists avoiding the toll of 1 euro 90, by exiting the motorway before the toll plaza.

According to today’s Irish Independent, traffic volumes on the route, per day, are 6 thousand short of what was expected.

The M6 now carries an accumulated loss of 30 million euro and if the situation continues, it could default on its commercial loans.

N6 Concession, the operators of the M6 are considering introducing tolls on the off-ramps along the route, to capture motorists who try to avoid the toll plaza.

Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar has ruled out any further tolls for now and the National Roads Authority is also opposed to extra charges.

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Health Minister urged to secure extra capacity for Portiuncula Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister is being urged to intervene at Portiuncula Hospital and ensure additional capacity is secured.

It comes as the Ballinasloe hospital experienced it’s worst ever January on record for overcrowding.

Raising the matter with Minister Stephen Donnelly, Senator Aisling Dolan said despite the best efforts of staff, the hospital is operating outside of its existing capacity.

She acknowledged that work is ongoing on a new 50 bed block – but said this will not provide any additional beds, only replacement ones.

Senator Dolan said extra capacity has to be found somewhere.

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City PR executive seeks judgement against former partner over defamation claims

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based PR executive wants the High Court to grant judgement against her former partner due to his alleged failure to defend a defamation action.

Olivia Collins claims that following her break-up with Brian Finnegan, he sought revenge by attempting to destroy her good name and reputation.

In a statement to the court, PR executive Olivia Collins, of Knocknacarra, said she got into a relationship with Brian Finnegan after they met online in 2017.

But difficulties arose in the relationship and they split up in late 2020.

She claims that Mr Finnegan took the break-up very badly and sought revenge by attempting to destroy her good name and reputation.

It’s alleged that he set up a twitter account which he used to defame her with malicious and untrue posts – as well as a fake twitter account purporting to be her.

It’s further claimed he published private and confidential information relating to her business – and hacked into family members accounts.

Ms. Collins alleges that this “vile campaign”, caused significant damage to her and her PR business, and led to potential clients not engaging with her company.

Olivia Collins brought High Court defamation proceedings against Brian Finnegan, seeking damages.

She claims he has not filed an appearance nor a defense to her claim, and is now seeking judgement against him.

Ms. Collins secured permission at the High Court this week to formally serve Mr Finnegan with her motion seeking judgement against him.

He’ll be served with legal documents at his place of work, which the court heard is with a Dell Corporation office based in Dubai, as well as his residence there.

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Mairéad Farrell claims rural businesses discriminated against by energy support scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell is claiming small rural businesses are being discriminated against by a new scheme.

The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme supports businesses with their energy bills but does not cover LPG gas or oil.

Deputy Farrell says many off-the-grid homes and businesses rely on LPG for energy access.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Mairéad Farrell says business owners should speak up on the impacts the exclusion is having.

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