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No clarity on future of Aran Islands air service following meeting with Minister

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The community on the Aran Islands is growing increasingly concerned about the lack of certainty regarding the future of an air service.
A local committee met with the Gaeltacht Minister in Furbo this afternoon.
Aer Arann announced that it will cease its PSO contract for the air service to the Aran Islands from Na Minna airport on December 6th.
Discussions are ongoing between the Department of the Gaeltacht and Aer Arann and Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, who has already stated that he would sell the airport to the state.
Following today’s meeting, islanders are no clearer about what will happen with their air service from the mainland in Galway.
They have been told that if no agreement is reached, an alternative air service will operate from Shannon airport.
The island community says no-one is in favour of that option.

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University of Galway launches Europe’s first Empathy Lab

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – University of Galway’s IdeasLab has launched a learning environment which is the first of its kind in Europe.

The Empathy Lab looks to merge human-centred design with the science behind human behaviour.

The lab will be home to new technology such as infant simulators, scent masks, simulations suits and haptic gloves.

Director of Entrepreneurial Development at the University, Dr Natalie Walsh, explains the benefits of the lab:

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Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.

Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.

There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.

Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.

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Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.

They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.

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