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Oranmore School Streets aims to remove traffic congestion from village centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Work is underway to remove school peak time traffic from Oranmore’s Main Street by providing alternative drop off and pick up points for parents in local carparks.

It’s part of the School Streets Initiative which is already being trialed in Fingal in Dublin.

Under the plan, local car-parks such as LIDL, ALDI, Tesco and the local church would allow parents to park temporarily while they walk or scoot their children to the nearby four schools.

The campaign is driven by local community activist Liam Frawley, a keen cyclist who had encountered difficulties with traffic congestion as he cycled to school with his kids.

Athenry/Oranmore councillor Shelly Herterich-Quinn raised the proposal at a meeting of the Municipal District and said Fingal County Council has supported the successful rollout of such a scheme at St Oliver Plunkett’s School in Malahide.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Galway TD hits out at voting procedures for island communities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A bill allowing people on island communities to vote on the same day as those on the mainland will not be passed before next month’s general election.

That’s according to Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv, who has hit out at the Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy for not progressing the bill in time.

The Electoral Bill 2014 was proposed by Deputy O Cuiv, and following a discussion with Minister Murphy, it was agreed that the Minister would draft some amendments to the bill to progress it more efficiently.

According to Deputy O Cuiv the amendments were never produced, however, and the bill could not pass as a result.

The general election polling day for all off-shore islands, including those in Galway, will be Friday the 7th of February – a day before the rest of the country.

Deputy O Cuiv says he is very frustrated by the whole situation.

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Planning permission refused for controversial biogas plant near Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a controversial biogas plant near Gort have been turned down.

The plan was led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited and would have been located in the townlands of Ballynamantan, Kinincha and Glenbrack.

In January of last year, an application to develop a biogas plant on a 10 hectare site around 1km from Gort was withdrawn by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited.

A second application was submitted in November for the plant, which would utilise anaerobic digestion technology to produce renewable energy and organic fertiliser.

Both proposals encountered significant opposition from the local community regarding its location and the potential impact on the environment.

County planners have now refused permission for the project citing a number of factors in the decision.

For more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 5.

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Study finds shape and landscape of Galway suitable for rail system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new maths-based report has determined that the shape of Galway City makes the creation of a light rail system more feasible.

The study was carried out at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.

It examined the role of geometric information in determining the utility of a small urban light rail or tram system.

It found the rectangular shape of Galway City – which is three times longer than it is wide – makes such a system more feasible than in many other cities, particularly those which are circular in shape.

However, the assessment is offered from a scientific point of view, and is not a study on the sustainability or overall viability of a rail system for Galway.

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