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Parkmore tops the agenda as Oireachtas committee hears serious concerns over Galway traffic crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public hearing to discuss traffic congestion in Galway city has taken place at Leinster House this afternoon.
The meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport aimed to discuss the current problems facing the road network and the raft of alleviation works currently underway.
The meeting – which finished up just before 5pm – was attended by a number of Galway’s public representatives – as well as stakeholders from groups including the Department of Transport, the National Transport Authority and Galway’s local authorities.
Those in attendance included NTA Chief Executive Anne Graham – who provided a summary of the considerable issues in Galway.
Vice President with Medtronic in Galway, Tony Neary, told those in attendance that there’s only one thing in Parkmore that has not changed in 35 years – the access road network.
Many consider the proposed N6 Galway City Outer Bypass to be the ultimate solution to the chronic traffic issues.
However, measures to tackle the situation in the meantime include an enhanced city transport network, improved bus network, new park and ride services, and new cycling and walking routes.
City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath told this afternoon’s meeting that Galway’s road network is operating significantly beyond capacity – sometimes up to 150%.
Senior Engineer Uinsinn Finn outlined what measures are being taken under the Galway Transport Strategy.
However, at this afternoon’s meeting, NTA Chief Anne Graham strongly ruled out a light rail system for Galway.

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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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