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Negotiations progressing for Gort to Tuam motorway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Negotiations over the signing of a contract for the Gort to Tuam motorway are almost complete.

It had been expected that the contract for the multi-million euro project would be signed by the end of last month, but the process has been delayed.

It’s now hoped that a date for the formal awarding of the contract to Direct Route consortium will be announced before the end of this month.

Direct Route is made up of Roadbridge, John Sisk & Son, Lagan and Strabag, a large Austrian civil engineering firm.

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City council facing further calls to make online meetings accessible to public

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is facing further calls to make its online meetings accessible to the public.

City councillor Owen Hanley has criticised the Local Authority for ‘dragging its feet’ on the issue.

In a recent post on Twitter, councillor Hanley said “Galway City Council’s January meeting ends in a flop as attempts to push for live streaming and legal protections for Council’s that stream are cut short due to being over the 2 hour time limit”.

In a statement, Galway city council says the facility exists under the current Standing Orders for members of the public to attend in person should meetings be held in Leisureland.

It adds that Standing Orders do not allow for members of the public to be ‘present’ at a remote meeting for the moment at least – but this will be reviewed again in March.

The council says public access to virtual meetings is being withheld at the moment for legal and technical reasons which include the absence of legal privilege on utterances at council and the risk of defamation.

It comes a several other local authorities nationwide have been streaming meetings online which the public can attend since the start of the pandemic.

Councillor Hanley argues it needs to be re-examined – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate down almost half since last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate is down by almost half week-on-week.

The latest NPHET figures show the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 in the city and county now stands at 574.3 – that’s compared to 1016.8 this day last week.

1,482 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Galway over the past two weeks, including 588 in the last seven days.

The figure of 574.3 leaves Galway roughly mid-table among counties, with the national average now standing at 674.

Monaghan has the highest rate in the country at 1399.3, followed by Louth at 1044.3, while Leitrim has maintained the lowest rate at 271.5.

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Fresh calls to trial cycle path along Salthill Prom

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is facing renewed calls to trial a two-way cycle path along Salthill Prom.

The Galway Urban Greenway Alliance says it could be the first step in laying the groundwork for a coastal greenway from Galway to Barna via Salthill.

It argues recent changes to the prom, including limitations on parking and gatherings, mean now is the perfect time to trial such infrastructure.

The group says the local authority previously indicated the Barna Greenway or Salthill cycleway projects were not a priority due to a lack of resources.

Campaigner Michelle Smyth says the recent announcement of almost 250 new “active travel” jobs in Ireland’s local authorities could address the situation.

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