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Public consultation on future transport investment in Galway

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Galway Bay Fm newsroom – Public views are being sought about investment in land transport in Galway and other counties.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe has (15/8) published a draft strategic framework for transport investment.
The draft framework was drawn up by a steering group to set out priorities for future transport investment decisions.
The findings will contribute to capital funding decisions.
The draft document states that Galway, along with Dublin, Cork and Limerick have seen levels of inward commuting increase between 2006 and 2011.
In terms of the economic impact of investing in transport projects, the document reveals that Athlone has become a shopping destination for residents of East Galway.
The needs of urban centres such as Galway are highlighted in the report.
Galway, Dublin and Cork accounted for 82 per cent of employment in new foreign firms between 2007 and 2011.
Development of better public transport to meet customer needs is specifically highlighted, as is the need for completion of the outer city bypass.
The National Road Authority’s national transport model has also been used to assess our existing transport system.
It shows that there are significant sections of corridor around Galway where the level of service is already at forced or breakdown flow.
Looking to the future in terms of traffic volumes in Galway up to 2040, it shows a deterioration in volume/capacity ratios from around 50 per cent to 60 per cent on the N59, N17 and N18.

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Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.

Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.

It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.

He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.

Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.

Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.

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329 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 329 Covid-19 cases nationwide.

57 patients with the disease are in hospital – down 3 in 24 hours.

The number in ICU has also dropped by 4 over that time to 19.

There are no local figures available due to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.

Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.

She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.

Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.

She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.

Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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