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Report reveals Clifden wastewater treatment below standard

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden is one of seven areas nationwide where current infrastructure does not comply with a European Union directive for waste water treatment.

The area is highlighted in a report published by the Environmental Protection Agency which calls for the elimination of raw sewage entering the environment.

It’s estimated that it will be mid-2015 for the required secondary treatment of urban waste water in Clifden to be completed.

The report also highlights 42 urban areas with no treatment or preliminary treatment only.

These include Ahascragh, Carraroe, Kinvara, Spiddal and Roundstone.

Clifden and Gort were also listed as having not complied with all of the mandatory effluent quality and sampling standards in 2012.

Nationally, 94% of Ireland’s urban waste water now gets secondary treatment.

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Transport Minister confirms Athenry to Oranmore rail study to begin shortly

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Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has received confirmation from Minister Eamon Ryan that the contract to carry-out a feasibility study on the rail line will be awarded in February, with the findings expected to be published by September.

Minister Ryan has previously confirmed that the planned double tacking of the line from Athenry to Galway is a priority for his department, while has also said the upcoming study is likely to identify a significant package of works to improve the section from Athenry to Oranmore.

It comes as the population of both Athenry and Oranmore has roughly doubled over the past twenty years, while an estimated 1,500 people commute from the region to Galway city everyday.

Deputy Cannon argues a frequent and reliable train service is needed to encourage people to use public transport and take cars off the road.

He says he fully expects the upcoming study will recommend a significant investment in rail line – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Galway Simon warns of serious challenges this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community is expressing concern over the challenges that lie ahead for the charity this year.

It says it has “deep concern” over what will happen when the moratorium on evictions is lifted and the true economic impact of Covid-19 unfolds.

It adds that while a decrease in those living in emergency accommodation last year is welcome, there’s been no decrease in numbers seeking help from the charity.

Galway Simon supported 614 households across the west during 2020, including 681 adults and 416 children.

CEO Karen Golden says many challenges lie ahead this year…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Portiuncula Hospital has country’s third highest number of patients waiting for beds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has the third highest number of patients waiting for a bed today.

That’s according to figures from the INMO, which show there are currently 23 people at the hospital on trolleys or in wards.

University Hospital Limerick has the highest figure at 30, followed by Cork University Hospital at 24.

Meanwhile, there are currently 8 people on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today.

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