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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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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.

Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.

Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.

Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.

Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.

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