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NEW MANUAL SAYS GALWAY ROUNDABOUTS NOT APPROPRIATE

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A new manual on urban road design says large roundabouts, like those in Galway are not appropriate in urban areas.

The ‘Design Manual for Urban Roads’ is co-written by engineers from Fingal, Kildare and South Dublin county councils.

The manual has been issued jointly by the Departments of Transport and Environment.

It recommends a move away from road design which priorities car users and says guard rails along footpaths should not be used as a tool to corall or shepherd pedestrians and should be removed.

In relation to roundabouts, the manual says that they are generally not appropriate in urban areas as they give vehicles a “continuos right of way.”

Local authorities such as Galway City Council are being urged to replace them with signalised junctions.

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Taoiseach grilled in Dáil over lack of Gardai in rural Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheal Martin has been grilled in the Dáil over a lack of Gardai in rural areas across Galway.

Raising the issue, Deputy Clare Kerrane outlined how Garda numbers are falling since 2009 despite a significant increase in the population.

She argued people are living in fear – and a real plan is needed to tackle rural crime and anti-social behavior.

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TD Mairéad Farrell says children’s mental health care has reached ‘crisis point’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Local TD Mairéad Farrell is warning children’s mental health care in Galway and Ireland is at a ‘crisis point’.

The Galway West TD cites there are almost 300 young people waiting for appointments with CAHMS across Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.

She says it’s unacceptable children are waiting over a year for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.

Deputy Farrell is urging the Government to address the situation.

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Car parking charges to be introduced at Leisureland next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car parking charges are to be introduced at Leisureland next week.

The move was announced in August due to the difficulty experienced by visitors and members trying to find on-site parking.

From Wednesday, Leisureland will start utilising newly-installed car barrier systems.

The cost of parking will be €2 per hour, or €12 for the day – with no overnight parking or camping permitted.

Gym and pool members will continue to have access to free parking.

The management company says the new charges will ensure better availability and a better service to members and other users of the facilities.

New bike parking stations have also been installed, while 22 parking spaces in the front section have been reserved as a set-down area.

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