Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists in Galway are being urged to take extra care this morning as road conditions in many areas remain dangerous.
A fall of snow and sleet over the weekend coupled with sub zero temperatures overnight have made road conditions particularly slippy today.
A ‘Status Orange’ weather warning from Met Eireann remains in place for Connacht until 10a.m
Galway gardaí are reporting that roads around the city are manageable this morning as most have been salted.
However pedestrians are warned to be cautious on footpaths as they have not been treated.
In Oranmore, local roads and estate roads are extremely slippy this morning but the N6 dual carriageway into the city has been treated.
In the Tuam area, the main roads are driveable as they have been treated however minor roads are particularly dangerous.
Some areas for motorists to take extra care in are Monivea, Kilconly and Dunmore.
In the east of the county, conditions seem to be worse.
Ballinasloe gardaí say that while the M6 motorway has been treated, motorists still need to exercise extra care.
Hills are particularly difficult to manoeuvre and roads in the Kiltormer area are treacherous.
On the M17/M18 motorway, road conditions are particularly bad near the Ardrahan exit and locals roads which are not treated are also extremely slippy.
In the west of the county, sea breezes have resulted in slightly higher temperatures so there are no reports of any particularly treacherous routes, however motorists are advised to still take care as heavy rain falls.
All motorists are advised to keep a safe distance from the car in front and approach junctions at a slower speed.
The only school closure we have been notified about is Leitrim National School in Kylebrack, Loughrea which is closed today.
Bus Eireann says buses in Galway are running as normal or with minor delays.
Irish Rail says the 7.30 Athlone to Galway service is running but will be 15 minutes late arriving due to points which were affected by freezing conditions.
Seven Galway Gardaí injured after assaults while on duty last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seven Gardaí in the Galway division were injured after being assaulted while on duty last year.
243 Gardaí nationwide received injuries while on duty in 2021.
According to freedom of information figures, it’s a 9% increase on 2020.
223 Gardaí got occupational injuries after being assaulted in 2020 – rising to 243 in 2021.
Of last year’s figures, 22 involved bone fractures or dislocations, and 15 were open wounds.
Four members received multiple injuries, which were serious.
Criminal barrister and Fine Gael senator, Barry Ward, says a Bill is currently going through the Oireachtas to address the issue.
58 of last year’s assaults were in Dublin, with 27 in Cork, 17 in Tipperary, and 16 in Limerick.
855 new residential address points added in Galway last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 855 new residential address points were added in Galway last year.
The latest report from GeoDirectory also shows a further 853 residential buildings were under construction in the county in the final quarter of 2021.
The number of new home addresses registered nationwide last year fell by 17 percent.
Almost half of the total of new addresses were found in the Greater Dublin Area, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.
The average residential property price in county Galway was €270,671 in the twelve months to October, with a total of 2,056 transactions taking place.
The highest average residential property price in Galway City was at €312,462.
CEO of GeoDirectory, Dara Keogh, says a national reduction in new homes registrations was expected...
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An Oireachtas committee will today hear agriculture won’t meet its emissions targets without new technology.
The Department of Agriculture will say new farming methods are needed – and they’re currently not in the marketplace.
The sector is supposed to reduce its emissions by between 22 and 30 per cent by 2030.
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