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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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Councillors approve €136m county Galway budget for 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A budget of €136m for the running of Co. Galway next year has been approved by Councillors this afternoon.

Several amendments were passed to the draft budget, such as increases for burial grounds and fire services across the county.

However, the difference was made up by taking funds from the local authority’s capital, or reserve, account rather than depriving other areas of the budget.

Councillors also agreed to provide funds from each municipal district to create a central fund to promote tourism across Galway.

Chief Executive Kevin Kelly has recognised that 2021 will bring challenges, but he’s confident that key services can be provided to meet the needs of the people of Galway.

Today’s approved budget of €136m for next year represents an increase of €8m on the figure for 2020.

County Cathaoirleach, Councillor James Charity, says it’s a relief the budget has been balanced, but more funding is needed – we’ll be looking at this in depth on FYI Galway from 5…

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Major step forward for plans to build new pedestrian structure adjacent to city’s Salmon Weir Bridge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a major step forward in long-running plans to construct a new pedestrian bridge across the Corrib in the city, adjacent to the Salmon Weir bridge.

The City Council has published a notice of application to An Bord Pleanála for approval, as well as notice for a compulsory purchase order for lands needed.

The proposed new footbridge would run parallel to the iconic Salmon Weir Bridge and would provide a safe river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between the city centre and Galway Cathedral – and onwards to NUI Galway.

It would be a three-span structure 24 metres downstream from the Salmon Weir Bridge, connecting Goal Road with Newtownsmith.

The need for the crossing has been long identified due to inadequate pedestrian and cyclist facilities on the existing bridge, which has a high volume of pedestrian, cycle and road traffic.

Under the Galway City Transport Strategy, the Salmon Weir Bridge would ultimately become a “public transport only bridge crossing”.

Galway City Council has now published a notice of application to An Bord Pleanála for approval for the new pedestrian bridge.

The plans are available on the Galway City Council website, or from the Planning offices at City Hall, until January 21st.

Meanwhile, the local authority has also issued a CPO notice for lands needed to construct the proposed new bridge.

Affected landowners have until Thursday January 21st to lodge objections with An Bord Pleanala.

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Three confirmed cases of Covid-19 being treated at Galway Hospitals today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three confirmed cases of Covid-19 receiving treatment at Galway hospitals today.

Two cases are being treated at UHG, while another is receiving treatment at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There’s been no confirmed cases of the virus at either hospital in the past 24 hours, but a number of suspected cases are being treated.

Of five suspected cases in total, four are at Portiuncula, with one at UHG.

Meanwhile, there are no Covid-19 patients at ICUs in either hospital.

Nationally, 253 people with the virus are being treated in Irish hospitals today – 36 of them in intensive care units.

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