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Oral hearing planned for New Year regarding Kirwan roundabout upgrade

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An oral hearing regarding the upgrade of the Kirwan roundabout in the city will take place in the New Year.
An Bord Pleanála is holding the oral hearing for the CPO for the Multi Modal Improvement Scheme which plans to upgrade facilities for pedestrians and cyclists along the N6 between junctions.
It takes in Bóthar na dTreabh and Kirwan roundabout upgrade.
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Project team extends deadline for Galway Greenway public consultation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials have moved to extend the deadline for the third phase of public consultation on the Athlone to Galway greenway until the end of February.

Councillor Joe Byrne told this week’s meeting of the local authority that while there has been good interaction with the project team, interacting on the ground with landowners has been a problem due to COVID restrictions.

Last month, Route Corridor 5 was identified as the Emerging Preferred Corridor as it was stated it offers the potential to develop a highly scenic cycleway from Galway to Athlone.

The route travels through a variety of landscapes, starting at the edge of Galway Bay and traversing along the Burren Lowlands, the Slieve Aughty mountains, the River Shannon, and the Midlands Bogs.

Director of Services Derek Pender told the meeting it was always the intention to have boots on the ground, and hopefully now that can be expedited.

The project team has since confirmed the deadline will be extended by one month to Monday February 28th.

Councillor Byrne says face to face meetings with landowners on the ground have been the missing link.

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County JPC to devise educational campaign for young men following death of Ashling Murphy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A county councillor says the Joint Policing Committee will be working with the county council and Gardaí to create an awareness campaign in light of the recent tragic death of Ashling Murphy.

Councillor Shelley Herterich Quinn, who sits on the educational awareness sub-committee, told a meeting of the plenary council that the education awareness programme is to be adopted for young men.

She said it will focus on proper behaviours so that they don’t escalate into the tragic behaviours witnessed this month in Offaly.

The 39 councillors marked the tragic death of the 23 year old schoolteacher, and other recent deaths in the Galway area by observing a five minute adjournment.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says there has to be a culture change.

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Sea Fisheries Protection Authority at Rossaveel join 48 hour work stoppage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Staff at the sea fishery harbour at Rossaveel in Connemara have joined many others nationwide in a work stoppage.

Fórsa members at the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority commenced the 48-hour work stoppage at midnight last night.

The action follows a 24-hour stoppage last week , and involves 110 SFPA inspectors and clerical staff, and up to 20 inspectors in Rossaveel.

The action affects operations at six sea fishery harbours – others include bases at Killybegs, Dingle, Castletownbere, Dunmore East, and Howth.

The dispute involves the findings of an independent review of the SFPA carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers ,

Fórsa members argue it involves attempts by management to implement and impose a series of 47 recommendations without the input of the staff representatives in the agency.

Niall Shanahan of Fórsa says the industrial relations process collapsed last year…

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