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Refurbishment of old Tuam library building progresses

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The renovation of the old library in Tuam town is back on track now that planning permission has been granted.

The county council has granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the building at Shop Street in Tuam with 6 conditions attached.

The former library has been vacant for a number of years and the county council has now leased the building to the Department of Social Protection.

Planning permission was granted through the council’s Part 8 process, but this was deemed inappropriate and full planning permission had to be sought.

Work can now progress provided it is monitored by an archaeologist.

Galway East Minister of State, Seán Canney says the tender process to find a contractor for the fit-out of the old Tuam library can now progress.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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