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Oranhill residents gather at site of the big hole over concerns about latest works

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Residents of the Oranhill estate are planning a protest to call for adequate safety works to be carried out in the area.

Following a long-running campaign, diggers arrived in the Oranmore based estate this week to begin safety work on a deep excavation which, residents say, poses a serious safety risk.

The controversial hole had originally been dug up some years ago in preparation for the construction of a commercial centre which was never built.

The site is currently surrounded by partially collapsed hoarding with a reduced pathway.

However, residents fear that this week’s work will only involve the construction of a parameter fence and that the hole will not be levelled as had been anticipated.

Residents gathered at the site this evening to discuss further action.

Spokesperson for the local residents Michelle Frowley says the safety of the local residents and their children should be paramount.

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Galway Cycling Campaign says not enough to just urge drivers to slow down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Cycling Campaign says it’s not enough to just urge people to slow down on our roads, and greater enforcement is needed.

It comes as this week An Garda Siochana launched a #SlowDown Campaign.

Latest figures available from Gardaí show that 83 people have been killed on our roads so far this year, with speeding the main contributor.

Kevin Jennings, Chairperson of Galway Cycling Campaign, welcomes the Garda efforts, but wants more to be done:

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Local senator calls for national monuments to celebrate independence heroes

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Local senator Sean Kyne is questioning why we have no national monuments celebrating our national heroes who fought for Irish independence.

He says it’s extraordinary that we have nothing to celebrate figures like Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Cathal Brugha or Countess Markievicz.

Senator Kyne argues every other country has these monuments – and there’s no good reason that we do not.

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Galway now one of worst hit counties for COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is now one of the worst hit counties with COVID-19 cases.

Figures for the spread of the virus show the county had an incidence rate of over 280 per 100,000 in the past week.

That figure is based on free HSE PCR tests and does not include those who tested positive on a home antigen test or who had mild or no symptoms.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Sinéad Feeney, from Crescent Medical Centre, says we need to re-prioritise measures that we may have laxed on lately.

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