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Rural Development Minister to visit Connemara today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, will be in Connemara today for a day-long series of engagements. (Friday 19/1)
He’ll start his visit by turning the first sod on a new footpath in the village of Tullycross in northwest Connemara.

Minister Michael Ring is visiting the region to see first hand projects being carried out with the support of his department.
He’s also to visit other local development initiatives and local third level educational facilities along with Galway West Junior Minister Sean Kyne.
Minister Ring will start the trip by turning the first sod on a new footpath in Tullycross at 10.30 – followed by a visit to the International Residential Education Centre in the village.
At 12 noon, he’ll meet with the Letterfrack Tidy Towns Group in the village centre – and will then make his way to the Connemara Carpet Factory in Moyard at 12.30.
This afternoon, Minister Ring will arrive at Ellis Hall in Connemara West at around 3 before making his way to the GMIT campus at Letterfrack a short time later.
Minister Ring will conclude his visit to the region with a special meeting with the Clifden Chamber of Commerce at Ellis Hall at around 4pm.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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