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Over 100 thousand Galway homes to have eir broadband by year end

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – eir says its high speed broadband will have reached over 100 thousand homes in Galway by the end of this year.
The firm has already delivered fibre to over 82 thousand Galway households.
When the roll-out is complete, eir will have invested 39 million euro in its Galway infrastructure.
County homes yet to receive the service this year include 380 in Gort, 370 in Ballinasloe and 720 in Loughrea.
Others scheduled for quarter three and four include 1650 premises in Corrandulla, 490 in Dunmore, 370 in Furbo and 490 in Tullycross.
Of the total 100 thousand homes targeted for roll-out by the end of 2018, 29 thousand premises will have speeds of up to 1,000MB per second.
eir’s commercial investment plans include a commitment to roll out high speed broadband to 300k premises in rural Ireland by the end of 2018
Meanwhile, the Department is in a formal procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll out a new high speed broadband network for remaining rural areas in the NBP State intervention area.
Earlier this year, eir, decided to withdraw from the procurement process.
The government states that the remaining bidder in the procurement process, a consortium, has reaffirmed its commitment to the successful conclusion of the NBP process.
It adds that the Department will continue to engage intensively with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the earliest possible achievement of the Government’s objective of providing reliable high quality, high speed broadband to all premises in Ireland.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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