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Roadworks underway in Leenane to repair N59

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Major roadworks are underway in Leenane to repair storm damage caused to the N59 earlier this year.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland has allocated €100,000 towards the project, which will correct damage caused during Storm Eleanor in January.
Since then, the road through Leenane has been forced down to a single lane of traffic at two locations.
It follows a recent announcement that a further €60 thousand is also being allocated towards repair to coastal walls in the village and a study to assess the coastline.
It’s expected works on the N59 in Leenane will be completed within the month – and works will then move to a section of the road north of Clifden.

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Concern over 37 per cent rise in domestic disputes in county Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the rise in domestic dispute incidents across the county.

Latest Garda statistics show a 37 percent rise in the number of domestic disputes with 436 recorded in the first 10 months of the year.

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly described the figure as ‘horrific’ at this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee.

She said very often this can concern serious violence and assault and is frightening in a county where there are not enough refuges and safe places for those involved.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley explained to the meeting that in cases of domestic disputes with no offence disclosed, Gardai check for any orders in place.

They then organise a call-back or series of call-backs and such cases are monitored closely.

He added that if there is a second or third call, the Superintendent has to view the investigation and will issue clear directions.

Deputy Connolly said such cases are a huge concern given the confines placed on many households due to the pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Call for Galway sports clubs to apply for funding under Capital Grant Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sports clubs in Galway are being urged to apply for funding under the Government’s new €40 million Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

The funding is being administered by the Department of Sport and applications can be made online from Friday December 11th until the 12th of February 2021.

The programme provides funding for infrastructure works such as sports pitches, tracks, floodlighting and any other projects that will increase participation in sports or improve performance.

To make an application clubs must be registered on the Department system and full details of the grant programme, including how to apply, are available on gov.ie/sportscapital.

Meanwhile, the scheme will prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas and those working towards increasing participation including for female and disabled users.

Labour Party City Councillor Niall McNelis is urging local sports clubs to begin preparing their applications as soon as possible.

He says it’s vital clubs get the support they need at this difficult time.

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City Council approves funding for changing places facility in budget 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has approved funding for the installation of a ‘changing places’ facility in budget 2021.

€50,000 has been allocated for the facility which will be the first of it’s kind in Galway, with eight already in operation in Dublin.

The facility planned for Salthill is larger than a standard accessible toilet – providing extra floor space and additional equipment such as an adult size changing bench.

Fine Gael Councillor Clodagh Higgins first proposed the introduction of the changing places equipment in December 2019.

She says the facility will be a game changer for people with complex needs.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail Councillor Alan Cheevers has argued aspects of the budget could have been spent more wisely – adding he feels the east side of the city has not been adequately considered for discretionary funding.

Councillor Cheevers has also taken issue with the funding which was allocated for a sound system upgrade a St Nicholas’s Church.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he feels the funds weren’t distributed evenly….

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