Galway Bay fm newsroom – Road closures are to come into effect in Kinvara this weekend as the Cruinniu na mBad Festival gets underway.
The closures will come into effect from 7.30 tomorrow morning until 9.30 on Sunday evening, during which time there will be no public access to the quay area.
Festival organisers say car parking will be provided at either end of the village and traffic marshals will be on-hand to direct festival traffic.
The annual Crinniu na mBad Festival is one of Ireland’s great maritime traditions and draws on the renowned sea faring tradition of the area.
It gets underway this evening and runs until Sunday – with a full programme of events available on the Kinvara Crinniu Facebook page.
Taoiseach pledges to pursue funding for proposed community centre in Newcastle
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheal Martin has pledged in the Dáil that he will pursue funding for a long-proposed new community centre in Newcastle.
The issue was raised by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish, who said the project has an estimated build cost of 3.8 million euro.
He noted that local residents raised 200 thousand euro to get the proposed centre through the planning process to a stage where it’s now “shovel ready”.
Galway City Council has committed 900 thousand euro towards the project, which leaves a shortfall of 2.8 million euro.
However, Deputy Grealish pointed out that there’s no Government funding stream available to bring the project to fruition.
He urged Micheal Martin to look into the matter to see what can be done.
Speaking in response, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the issue of funding for community facilities is one that is very close to his own heart.
He pledged to seek funding and also paid tribute to the excellent work carried out by the community in Newcastle.
West on Track report finds strong business case for the reopening of the railway from Galway to Mayo
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report initiated by campaign group West on Track has concluded that there is a strong business case for the reopening of the railway from Galway to Mayo as part of the wider Atlantic Railway Corridor at a cost of 154 million euro.
The 210 page study published by economist Dr. John Bradley contains a socio-economic profile of Tuam which examines employment and the commuting patterns associated with the county town.
It advocates for the restoration of Tuam’s rail link as part of a major transport interchange in the soon to be developed ‘Station Quarter’ and also proposes that an additional park and ride station be developed at Abbeyknockmoy to offer a commuter service.
The analysis puts forward an argument that the prospect of renewed rail services between Galway and Mayo offers the broader Tuam Local Electoral Area a rare opportunity to regain access to the national railway network with two new stations, one in Tuam Town and another at Abbeyknockmoy.
The report was prepared following the publication in January 2021 of a report prepared by the consultancy firm EY and carried out on behalf of Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport.
It examined the viability of extending the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Claremorris and found there is no case to be made for such a service, whether for passengers or freight.
The campaign group argues that the EY report raised many questions and contained some errors so a fresh appraisal was deemed necessary.
Group spokesperson is Colmán Ó Raghallaigh – he says Dr. Bradley and his team have done a great service to our entire region and the Government should now move to include this important infrastructure in the forthcoming National Development Plan.
NUIG led PANDEM-2 project joins EU coalition to strengthen Europe’s preparedness for future crises
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The NUI Galway led PANDEM-2 project has join forces with 9 other EU research groups to strengthen Europe’s capacity against future crises.
PANDEM-2 aims to prepare Europe for future pandemics through innovations in training and to build capacity between EU member states responding to pandemics on a cross-border basis.
The project has been awarded almost €10m in funding and is one of many in the PREPARE cluster that has recently received this support from the European Commission to work on different aspects of crisis management.
With a combined funding of €72 million, each project in PREPARE has its own distinct aims and challenges, however, they say they’re working towards their shared goal of ensuring better preparedness for the European Union.
NUIG Professor and Coordinator of PANDEM-2 Máire Connolly says the benefit of the collaboration is that a wide range of issues are being covered.