Galway Bay fm newsroom – The rate of deaths on Galway roads is above the national average
There were 52 deaths per county population in Galway in 2013, compared to the national average of 41.
The lowest death rates on roads are in Dublin and Clare, while Monaghan highest the highest fatality rate by far, more than three times the national average.
Meanwhile, 10 people were disqualified from driving in Galway in 2013 for receiving 12 penalty points on their licence, compared to 8 the previous year.
Fresh calls to trial cycle path along Salthill Prom
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is facing renewed calls to trial a two-way cycle path along Salthill Prom.
The Galway Urban Greenway Alliance says it could be the first step in laying the groundwork for a coastal greenway from Galway to Barna via Salthill.
It argues recent changes to the prom, including limitations on parking and gatherings, mean now is the perfect time to trial such infrastructure.
The group says the local authority previously indicated the Barna Greenway or Salthill cycleway projects were not a priority due to a lack of resources.
Campaigner Michelle Smyth says the recent announcement of almost 250 new “active travel” jobs in Ireland’s local authorities could address the situation.
Galway TD asks Government to prioritise additional parental leave
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to prioritise introducing the additional three week parental leave that was approved last month.
Deputy Mairéad Farrell says with many creches closed or taking severely reduced numbers, and family members unable to provide care under current restrictions, there is no room for delays.
Additional parental leave was announced in Budget 2020 and approved last month by Cabinet.
It applies to parents of children born after November 1st 2019 and would see them entitled to five weeks leave after their child is born or adopted.
High-speed broadband to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – High-speed broadband infrastructure is to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore in the coming weeks.
Parts of Renville, Maree Road, and Ballynamanagh East in Clarinbridge are to be among the first areas to be connected to the high-speed network in 2021.
It’s part of National Broadband Ireland’s €153-milliion investment in Galway that sets out to have nearly 40,000 premises connected in locations where commercial operators have indicated that they will not be providing such services.
Minister of State and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says the roll-out will equip homes with standard 500 MB download speeds once connected.
Over 3,500 premises have been surveyed to date in Galway and network designs have been completed for the delivery of a fibre-to-the-home network in these areas.