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Preparatory workshops in Oranmore in advance of marine agreement

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The signing of a transatlantic Galway declaration takes place at the Marine institute in Oranmore in the next hour and advance preparatory workshops are underway

The deal involving the EU and North America will commit to funding and expertise for research to explore ways in which ocean life can contribute to science.

After this, a meeting of political leaders takes place to discuss the research and innovation requirements needed between now and 2020 to implement the atlantic area action plan to drive the ‘blue economy’.

The Taoiseach, the EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn, and political representatives from countries such as Canada, France and Portugal will attend.

It’s part of a 2 day conference taking place at the Marine Institute called ‘The Atlantic- a shared resource’

US assistant secretary of state for ocean and international affairs Doctor Kerri Ann Jones told Galway Bay fm news the conference will have two tiers, one scientific and one high level.

EU Spokesperson Mike Jennings says today’s deal in Galway will be historic.

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A man in his 20’s dies and another is injured after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

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A man in his 20’s has died after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar at approximately 12.45pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road remains closed and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Gardai and Emergency Services attending the scene of a Road Traffic Accident on N63

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Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a road traffic collision on the N63 Newbridge to Ballygar Road.

The road is currently closed with local diversions in place.

No further information is available at this time.

Further updates will issue in due course.

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Protest is held at The Skerritt Roundabout over dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city

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A group of approximately forty campaigners have been protesting at The Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway over dangerous conditions that exist for cyclists and pedestrians on the streets of Galway.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, set up a pop-up pedestrian crossing at the roundabout.

Skerritt Roundabout was chosen as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

The group said that the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser Grainne Faller told John Mulligan that decision makers need to factor in safety when it comes to road and street design in Galway.

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