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ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY ISSUES ALERT TO MOTORISTS AFTER GALWAY WEATHER ALERT

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The road safety authority has issued an alert to motorists as Met Éireann warn of stormy conditions, severe winds and high seas countrywide.

The forecaster has issued a status orange alert warning for Galway with westerly winds of 60 to 70 km/hour and gusts of up to 130 km/hour.

Gardaí are reporting spot flooding on roads in the city, Salthill and Clifden, and are advising of strong crosswinds on the M6 Dublin to Galway road between junction 13 Athlone west and Junction 15 Ballinasloe west.

Meanwhile, over 20 local roads in South Galway including the L8528 at Carrawbaun and the L4512 at Ballyboy are still closed because of severe flooding.

The RSA is advising road users to slow down on wet roads and to watch out for falling or fallen debris.

Meanwhile, Galway city council is advising people to exercise caution in light of the weather alert and people walking along proms and beaches are asked to take extra care.

There is no risk of coastal flooding from high tides but there may be still spot flooding along roads.

Householders are also advised to secure any losse objects or furniture in gardens.

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Fresh calls to trial cycle path along Salthill Prom

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is facing renewed calls to trial a two-way cycle path along Salthill Prom.

The Galway Urban Greenway Alliance says it could be the first step in laying the groundwork for a coastal greenway from Galway to Barna via Salthill.

It argues recent changes to the prom, including limitations on parking and gatherings, mean now is the perfect time to trial such infrastructure.

The group says the local authority previously indicated the Barna Greenway or Salthill cycleway projects were not a priority due to a lack of resources.

Campaigner Michelle Smyth says the recent announcement of almost 250 new “active travel” jobs in Ireland’s local authorities could address the situation.

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Galway TD asks Government to prioritise additional parental leave

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to prioritise introducing the additional three week parental leave that was approved last month.

Deputy Mairéad Farrell says with many creches closed or taking severely reduced numbers, and family members unable to provide care under current restrictions, there is no room for delays.

Additional parental leave was announced in Budget 2020 and approved last month by Cabinet.

It applies to parents of children born after November 1st 2019 and would see them entitled to five weeks leave after their child is born or adopted.

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High-speed broadband to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – High-speed broadband infrastructure is to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore in the coming weeks.

Parts of Renville, Maree Road, and Ballynamanagh East in Clarinbridge are to be among the first areas to be connected to the high-speed network in 2021.

It’s part of National Broadband Ireland’s €153-milliion investment in Galway that sets out to have nearly 40,000 premises connected in locations where commercial operators have indicated that they will not be providing such services.

Minister of State and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says the roll-out will equip homes with standard 500 MB download speeds once connected.

Over 3,500 premises have been surveyed to date in Galway and network designs have been completed for the delivery of a fibre-to-the-home network in these areas.

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