Galway Bay fm newsroom – Only two passengers a day are using one rural Co Galway railway station according to a new report.
Attymon is one of 31 railway stations which are now subject to a “full review” by Irish Rail according to a report in today’s Sunday Independent.
Internal briefing documents from the Department of Transport also show that passenger numbers on the €110 million Euro Western Rail Corridor from Galway to Limerick, which opened in 2010 have been dissapointing to date.
The Galway-Limerick route is one of a number of rural railway lines that could face a cut in services.
The report states that there is also concern that many passenger journeys on under-used lines are made by passengers in receipt of the free travel pass, meaning that Irish Rail receives no revenue from the trips.
A spokesperson for the firm said that in light of the “grave financial situation facing the company” a full review of routes and services is currently underway.
Irish Rail has accumulated losses since 2008 of €147 million Euro.
Call for immediate allocation of extra Gardaí to Galway City following events of past week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The highly-publicised anti-social events of the past week in Galway City show the urgent need for additional Garda resources.
That’s according to City Councillor Niall McNelis, who is also a member of the City Joint Policing Committee.
He’s pointing to recent incidents that have been widely shared online – including street fights, an assault in which a large blade was produced, and an individual launching fireworks in Eyre Square that left a woman with serious injuries.
It comes as last week’s meeting of the City JPC heard claims that there’s an unsafe atmosphere in Galway City at night, that Eyre Square has become a “no go” area, and Gardai are rarely seen on the city streets.
Superintendent Tom Curley said he’d love to have a Garda on every corner – but the numbers just are not there and his numbers fall far short of what is needed to police the entire city.
Councillor McNelis has been speaking to Aisling Bolton-Dowling about the situation.
1,631 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Press Release: Wednesday 27 October 2021
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,631* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 503 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 101 are in ICU.
There has been a total of 5,436 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 67 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Incidence of COVID-19 is increasing at a concerning rate. The 7 day moving average is now 2,043, up from 1,138 only three weeks ago. Incidence is increasing across all age groups, highest in those aged 5-12 years.
“A combination of higher levels of social contact, a move to socialisation indoors and a collective relaxing of basic public health behaviours combined has led to this surge of infection.
“The importance of individual, institutional and sectoral attention to risk mitigation is crucial at this point. I encourage all of us to ensure we are following basic public health advice and to expect the presence of infection prevention control measures in settings we visit.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of health said: “There is no one intervention that will protect you and those around you from contracting COVID-19. We need a muti-layered approach to this disease, using all the tools we have at our disposal; vaccination, wearing a face mask, well ventilated spaces indoors, hand hygiene and cough etiquette, social distancing when appropriate and isolating at the onset of symptoms. These measures combined are the most effective way you can protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.”
Professor Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West, HSE: “Incidence is growing across the population. High community incidence threatens all settings. A particular concern is for environments with vulnerable people, such as nursing homes, hospital and care environments and long term residential facilities. High community transmission poses a substantial risk to this population. A combined effort to reduce incidence is needed to protect the most vulnerable.”
Dr. Deirdre Robertson, Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI; “The population are quite good at recognising that meeting more people and going to different types of locations increases the risk of spreading and catching COVID-19. The data suggests they are less likely to recognise that taking precautionary measures like wearing masks and keeping socially distanced decreases the risk, and those preventive behaviours have been gradually decreasing since the start of the year.”
New fire station in Loughrea expected to be completed within 12 months
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new fire station in Loughrea is expected to be completed within 12 months.
That’s according to local Councillor Michael Moegie Maher, who says the facility will be based on a site opposite the Loughrea Hotel.
It’s owned by Galway County Council and had previously been identified as a potential location for a swimming pool.
A design team has now been appointed to the project, while over €1.2m has been ringfenced to support construction.
Councillor Maher says it’s not yet clear what’ll happen the current fire station – but there are many possibilities: