Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new traffic light junction at the site of the former Kirwan roundabout in the city will become operational from Monday.
The multi-million euro project has seen the 5-arm roundabout transformed into a 4-arm traffic light junction.
The new traffic signal controlled junction will be in operation at the Kirwan junction, where the N6 Bother na dTreabh joins the N84 Headford Road.
The latest transformation from roundabout to traffic light junction aims to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion at peak times and offer increased safety to pedestrians and cyclists.
It also hopes to address the ongoing issue of ‘rat runs’ through local residential areas.
The new signalised junction has multiple lanes and road users are advised to exercise caution when travelling through the junction, as not all road users may be familiar with the new layout.
Galway City Council has also made available an animated video describing the operation of the junction for all approach and exit lanes.
It can be viewed at GalwayCity.ie/KirwanJunction – and the new junction is set to go live from Monday morning.
1,015 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,015* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 178 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Public health doctors around the country are reporting that outbreaks are being notified to them that originated in symptomatic people attending workplaces, or eating out, or visiting friends. Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19. Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Don’t drop your guard, because heading into work or meeting a friend while experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell/taste – that could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community.
“The uplifting scenes we saw over the Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of our young people received their COVID-19 vaccines at the HSE’s walk-in vaccination centres were extremely encouraging.
“Young people have had an exceptionally difficult time throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their willingness to come out to get vaccinated in droves is another example of the resilience they have shown throughout this challenging time. It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic.”
New site secured for full-time residential care centre for minors in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new site has been secured for a respite centre in east Galway, according to the Minister of State for Disability and Galway and East TD Anne Rabbitte.
The four bed unit will provide full-time residential care for young people, under 18 years old, who were previously being cared for in temporary respite accommodation.
Although the centre is due to open by September and will provide 225 bed nights by the end of the year the location has not yet been announced.
The Department of Health has also confirmed that an additional 1,236 respite nights will be provided across the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area – as well as enhanced supports for people with complex needs, increased in-home supports and extra respite and family support for children in urgent need.
Minister Rabbitte says it’s vital to get the most out of every service for patients and their families.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
Over 700 applicants on apprenticeship waiting lists in Roscommon/Galway area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 700 applicants are on the apprenticeship system waiting list in the Roscommon/Galway area.
Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane has accused the Government of hiding the full extent of the crisis in the system.
She says 67%, over 13,000 apprentices nationwide, are now on a waiting list to access off-site training.
This includes 735 on waiting lists from the Roscommon and Galway ETB area – with the majority of these specialising in electrical work and plumbing.
Deputy Kerrane says she has been contacted by numerous apprentices who are in despair over the situation.
She argues it’s having a serious impact on their education and finances.
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