Report finds Barna has one of lowest rates of walking, cycling and public transport use
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Barna has one of the country’s lowest rates of walking, cycling and public transport use.
That’s according to a report examining Census data from 2006 to 2016.
The report compiled by the Irish Independent finds the highest cycling rate is in Dublin at just over 7 percent of all trips.
Only Dublin city and Galway city recorded a cycling rate of above 5 percent.
The analysis examining Ireland’s most sustainable towns finds Barna is one of the areas with the lowest rates of walking, cycling and public transport use at just over 14 percent.
Galway city and suburbs records a rate of 37 percent.
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Recent published book again draws attention to an old debate about the precise boundaries of Connemara
An item in a recently published book again draws attention to an old debate about the precise boundaries of Connemara.
The book entitled “Connemara Chronicles – Tales from Iorras Aithneach” has a prologue written by the late author and environmentalist Tim Robinson which places the Twelve Bens mountain range at the apex of the region.
The lines from the song “The Connemara Rose” say that the region is “far west from Galway town”. The song is tuneful but what are the facts?
Maybe no one knows but the late author Tim Robinson cast a scholarly eye on the matter.
In one of his last literary projects -the translation of a book of folklore from Connemara by Judge Seán Forde recently published – Tim Robinson added a prologue entitled “Connemara – Time and Space”.
He went back to the Con Maicne Mara clan who held sway far west about a thousand years ago. Quoting the writings of Roderick O Flaherty in the 17th Century Robinson goes on to conclude as follows: “For me”, he says “Connemara is the land that looks upon the Twelve Bens, that close-knit, mandala-like mountain range, as its stubborn and reclusive heart”. End of quote.
In short, it could mean – if you can see the Twelve Bens, you are in Connemara.
And on this Bank Holiday weekend, thousands are heading in that direction in sunshine blazing from the Atlantic to the mountain tops.
Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten calls for action to improve treatment for rare diseases
Local TD Denis Naughten says action is urgently required to improve access to treatment for those suffering from rare diseases.
Speaking in the Dáil, he said despite the phrase, rare diseases are not actually that rare but Ireland does not have the expertise to treat many of these conditions.
Deputy Naughten outlined how Ireland is a member of a number of EU networks that offer improved access to treatment.
But he said patients’ medical records must be constantly updated to ensure they have access to the most up-to-date medical care.
Deputy Naughten argued the big problem is that at the moment, it is consultants who are carrying out this time-consuming process, pulling them away from patient care.
Calls for public consultation on the installation of traffic lights at Oughterard Bridge
There is a strong call for public consultation to take place on the installation of traffic lights at Oughterard Bridge.
Councillors discussed the issue at a recent meeting of the Connemara area, with mixed views on how traffic lights would impact the area.
It’s a separate project to the construction of a pedestrian bridge in the area, which has been given early-stage approval by the TII.
The council are seeking a meeting with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to discuss their opposition to the traffic lights plans.
However, Councillor Thomas Welby, says it’s crucial people in the area have their say: