Galway Bay fm Newsroom – A plan to run a bus route through Merlin Woods in the city is causing controversy.
The plan has been included in the past two City Development Plans, however when it was raised at a meeting of the City Council last evening, a heated debate ensued.
Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes, presented a report to the Council and recommended that the matter be referred back to the Planning and Transportation and Infrastructure committees for review.
However, several councillors voiced concern about the proposal for the bus corridor, with Councillor Frank Fahey describing it as a “disaster”.
Councillor Catherine Connolly said no-one made any representations to the Council about the bus route through the woods when she was Mayor of Galway.
However she said she takes “an equal share of the guilt along with the officials” that it was included in the City Development Plan.
Councillor Hildegarde Naughton suggested that an alternative route for the bus corridor be explored.
New City Manager Brendan McGrath, who had listened intently for most of the meeting without speaking, offered his advice on the issue.
He said he was not sure that passing a motion against the bus route, which is already in the Development Plan, would be in compliance with the law.
Councillor Colette Connolly proposed that the matter be left on the agenda for a Council meeting and that officials come back to the Council with a full report within 6 months.
City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.
Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.
It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.
The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.
With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.
Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.
The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.
The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.
A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.
It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.
Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.
Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.
The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.
192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.
10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.
Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.