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Online petition for Athenry-Sligo greenway gathers 10 thousand signatures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online petition calling for the creation of a greenway along the closed railway line between Athenry and Sligo has reached 10 thousand signatures.
The Western Rail Trail Campaign believes the route should be preserved as a tourism and leisure amenity until the restoration of rail service is viable.
It says it’s experienced a surge in support for the petition since the recent annoucement of another report into the future of the Western Rail Corridor.
The group says the sharp rise in support shows that people have had enough of pointless reports into railways the Government has no intention of building.
Previously, the Government has been slammed by several Galway TD’s over alleged u-turns on promises made on the Western Rail Corridor.
Brendan Quinn of the Western Rail Trail says the Greenway makes sense for all concerned and the Government cannot continue to ignore public opinion.

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Water restored to Carna and Roundstone following power outage

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway County Council have confirmed that water supply has been restored to impacted customers in Carna and Roundstone and the surrounding areas following a power outage at the Cill Chiaran Water Treatment Plant.

Dedicated water service crews were mobilised and repairs were undertaken yesterday evening and this morning and it is recommended that customers allow 2 to 3 hours after the estimated restoration time for the water supply to fully return.

In a statement, Irish Water and Galway County Council said that they understood the inconvenience caused when disruptions occur and they thanked customers for their patience while supply was restored to impacted customers.

The Irish Water Customer Care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact them on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please see the Water Supply Updates section of their website.

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LISTEN: New housing development in Ballinasloe town set to get Government approval

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A new housing development in Ballinasloe is set to get Government approval.

It’s understood Galway County Council will be given the go-ahead to begin preparations for the new 20 unit development in the heart of the town.

It will see the construction of seven two-bedroom houses, four one-bed apartments, as well as the renovation of 9 existing derelict units.

That’s according to Local Senator Eugene Murphy who has received confirmation from the Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

Senator Murphy says the new units are much needed and very welcome:

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Galway County Council launches 2021 chewing gum litter campaign

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council has officially launched a chewing gum litter education campaign for 2021.

It’s a product of the Gum Litter Taskforce, a collaboration that includes stakeholders from Government, the food and drink industry and local authorities.

The Gum Litter Taskforce was set up in 2007 to tackle the prevelance of chewing gum litter through awareness campaigns.

At that time, just 54 percent of people said they disposed of their chewing gum in the correct way.

Four national campaigns and 13 years later, that figure has risen to 88 percent.

The clear shift in awareness around chewing gum is reflected in national litter stats – with chewing gum now accounting for a drastically lower proportion of littering nationwide.

The campaign is now making a return in an effort to ensure towns and villages remain clean from the scourge of chewing gum on public roads and paths, as many more people are socialing outdoors.

It’s been officially launched in Galway by Cathaoirleach Councillor Peter Keaveney – who’s urging communities to do their county and locality proud by supporting the campaign.

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