Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
An announcement is expected next Monday on funding for a high-tech new traffic management, CCTV and city-wide electronic messaging system, the Galway City Tribune has learned.
The system, which will cost €250,000, could be in place by the end of the year, and the head of transportation for the city has promised it would make a “huge” difference to traffic flow in the city.
As well as relaying live images from around 20 signalised junctions around the city, the system will allow traffic controllers alter traffic light sequences at the flick of a switch to alleviate backlogs, and will provide live information on traffic jams and carparking spaces for motorists.
The Galway City Tribune understands that an announcement is due on Monday on whether €250,000 in funding will be provided for the scheme.
It will see the establishment of a Central Control Room which can change the flow of traffic as the need arises.
All of the lights will be linked in sequence to ensure traffic flows inbound smoothly in the morning and outbound in the evenings – a traffic controller will be able to override red lights to ensure a clear ‘green run’. The control room will be manned initially from 7.30am to 7.30pm.
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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.