A Galway woman has told the Minister for Transport how a deadly section of busy road had left her with life-changing injuries — after she was involved in two major accidents along the same short stretch.
Breeda Murphy was part of an Annaghdown delegation to meet with Minister Shane Ross at Leinster House last week as part of the N84 Upgrade Campaign. Led by Cllr James Charity, it also included local campaigners Eamon Gleeson and Niamh Lardner.
Cllr Charity outlined the traffic volumes on the road, highlighting that vehicle movements had increased from approximately 8,000 per day in 2005 to 13,500 per day in 2018. He also drew attention to the fact that the road was operating at over 120% capacity based on TII’s own traffic indicator data.
And Ms. Murphy vividly recounted her own experiences of having been involved in two major accidents on the road as both a pedestrian and motorist, both of which left her with life-changing injuries.
She also highlighted the fact that history continues to repeat itself with her own niece, as well as a number of local residents, having been involved in very serious collisions on the road over recent months.
Mr. Gleeson, Chair of Annaghdown Parish Council, informed the Minister of the road conditions on the ground, opening a series of images vividly depicting the narrowness and poor condition of the road, as well as showing the effect minor collisions had in causing serious tailbacks and consequent effects on the local road network. He also highlighted the difficulties for motorists and emergency vehicles using the road, particularly ambulances, when responding to situations.
Minister Ross engaged extensively and positively with the group and TII officials, demonstrating an eagerness to progress works on the road. Mr. Pender advised that given the nature of the surrounding landscape and topography, the best route forward for the scheme was under the Minor Works Scheme, initially for a 4.5km stretch of the road leading from Ballindooley to Curraghmore, approximately 3.5km south of Clonboo. A detailed costing was outlined to the meeting indicating advanced works for this would cost approximately €3.5 million, with the total scheme costing approximately €13.5 million.
The proposal would involve the construction of a 7.5m carriageway with 2.5m hard shoulders either side to link into the proposed N6 Galway Bypass at Ballindooley.
It was revealed that one further allocation under the Minor Works Scheme was due in 2018, with a further four expected in 2019 and the N84 Headford Road would be considered for these allocations following assessment of the case for the upgrade and in accordance with TII’s safety ratings.
A petition signed by over 1000 motorists using the route and calling for an upgrade was also received by the Minister from the group.
Galway West TD Noel Grealish assisted in arranging the Leinster House meeting which was also attended by Minister of State Sean Kyne, and TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Eamon Ó Cuív, as well as Galway County Council’s Director of Services for Roads and Transportation Jim Cullen, Derek Prender from TII’s Galway office and Kevin Kelly, TII Director for the Western Region.
Full details of the Christmas Covid restrictions
The Taoiseach announced this evening that the country will move to Level 3 restrictions from next week, with shops, gyms, hairdressers, hotels, restaurants and gastro-pubs set to reopen.
“It hasn’t been easy. Many individuals and businesses have made huge sacrifices. And many more are totally fed up with Covid-19 and everything that has come with it over the past nine months. I understand that feeling. Very often I share it,” Micheál Martin said in an address to the nation.
“This cannot and will not be the kind of Christmas we are used to but it will be a very special time where we all enjoy some respite,” he said, as he announced the planned move to “Level 3, with some modifications”.
The use of face coverings is now recommended in crowded workplaces, places of worship and in busy or crowded outdoor spaces where there is significant congregation.
From 1 December, under Level 3, as set out in the Plan for Living with Covid-19:
- weddings with up to 25 guests are permitted (same as current provisions)
- funerals with up to 25 mourners are permitted (same as current provisions)
- no organised indoor events should take place, other than as provided below
- gatherings of 15 people may take place outdoors
- non-contact training may take place outdoors in pods of 15
- only individual training should take place indoors and no exercise or dance classes are permitted
- no matches/events may take place except professional and elite sports, approved inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and approved equestrian events, all behind closed doors
- gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may reopen for individual training only
- nightclubs, discos and casinos should remain closed
- hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs may open with services limited to residents only
- non-essential retail and personal services may reopen
- people should continue to work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person
- public transport capacity is limited to 50%
From 1 December:
- households should not mix with any other households outside those within their bubble
- people should stay within their county apart from work, education and other essential purposes
From 4 December:
- restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants (serving a substantial meal) may reopen for indoor dining with additional restrictions, (including requirement for meals to be prepared on site, inside the premises). This includes access for non-residents to restaurants in hotels
- higher, further and adult education should remain primarily online
Adjustments for the Christmas Period
From 1 December:
- places of worship to reopen for services with restrictive measures, subject to review in January
- museums, galleries, and libraries to reopen
- cinemas to reopen
- wet pubs to remain closed except for takeaway/delivery
From 18 December to 6 January:
- households can mix with up to two other households
- travel outside your county to be permitted
From 7 January, the measures put in place prior to 18 December will apply, subject to ongoing review of the trajectory of the virus.
The measures for cross-border travel will be the same as for travel between all other counties, that is, from 1 December, people should stay within their county apart from work, education and other essential purposes while from 18 December to 6 January, travel outside the county is permitted.
It has further been agreed that the use of face coverings is now recommended in crowded workplaces, places of worship and in busy or crowded outdoor spaces where there is significant congregation.
Curran, Melody and Molloy all leave Utd as Caulfield confirms two new signings
The comings and goings have continued at Galway United in the past week, with the club busy re-signing players fork last season, adding some new faces, as well as confirming the departure of players who were part of the 2020 squad.
Having already said goodbye to the sextet of Conor Barry, Joe Collins, Vinny Faherty, Jack Lynch, Timo Partheons, and Josh Smith, the club this week confirmed the departure of three more players: Enda Curran (89 appearances, 20 goals), Conor Melody (108 appearances, five goals), and Timmy Molloy (16 appearances, no goals).
Curran was signed for United as an 18-years-old by Sean Connor ahead of the 2011 season and made his debut in the opening game of that campaign, coming on as a substitute for the injured Neal Keane in the 43rd of a 3-0 defeat at home to St Patrick’s Athletic.
He made a total of 13 appearances for United that season, and he was back with the Tribesmen for United’s return to the national league in the 2014 season, when he made eight appearances, scoring his first goal for United in the first of those games, coming off the bench to score in the 5-0 win at home to Shamrock Rovers B in July.
His most productive season for United was the following year’s campaign, when he scored 12 goals in 25 appearances in the Premier Division for United (he made 29 league and cup appearance in total that season), including his one and only hat-trick for the club, coming in the 5-0 win away to Bray Wanderers in April.
The following month, he had the distinction of scoring two penalties in a single game, in the 5-3 win over Bohemians.
That haul of a dozen goals saw him finish as the club’s joint top-scorer in the league that season alongside Jake Keegan, though the US striker finished as overall top scorer on 16 goals thanks to 2 goals in the FAI Cup, and two in the League Cup.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Biden is a Maree man!
The connections of incoming US President, Joe Biden, to Mayo and Louth on his mother’s side of his family have been widely reported – but it has emerged that he has just as strong links to a small townland outside Oranmore through his father’s side…as recently as four generations ago.
And the news has led to hopes that the President-elect will include a trip to Galway in any itinerary for a visit to Ireland during his presidency – and it is being reported this week that the incoming president will make Ireland his first state visit when he assumes office.
Contact had been made with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office with the news of the President-elect’s Galway links ahead of his visit to Ireland in 2016, but Liam Hanniffy – who has uncovered the link between his family and that of Mr Biden, was told that the itinerary had already been planned, and a visit to Galway was not possible.
Liam Hanniffy, who is from Ballinacourty in Maree, has been researching his family tree since been contacted by a man from America in 2014 saying they were third cousins, and both were also related to the then US Vice-President, Joe Biden.
Research by Liam has discovered that a man called John Hanniffy, who was born just over 200 years ago in Ballinacourty Hill in Maree, is actually the great-great grandfather of the President-elect – and to make the Galway link even stronger, John Hanniffy married a woman whose parents was also born in the same townland, meaning two of his great-great-great grandparents also came from the same townlands nestled on Galway Bay.
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