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Seanad hears calls for presidential pardon for Margaretta D’Arcy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad has heard calls for the President to pardon a 79-year-old woman who is serving a three month prison term.

Margaretta D’Arcy, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, was jailed last week for illegally accessing a runway at Shannon airport.

President Higgins’ wife Sabina visited Ms D’Arcy in prison over the weekend.

But Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh says the Constitution gives the President himself the power to pardon her.

Tune in to FYI Galway from 5 for a special feature on the Margaretta D’Arcy case.

 

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Route options published for Athlone-Galway greenway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of route options for a greenway connecting Athlone and Galway City have been published.

The five routes outline a variety of options for how the final leg of the overall Dublin to Galway Greenway will proceed.

The options vary – ranging from a straight line approach to looping routes which take in large parts of the north east or south east of the county.

The proposed routes will be available on www.galwaytoathlonecycleway.com over the next week.

The public are being encouraged to to have their say, with a public consultation process to start on Monday, January 25th.

Galway East Fine Gael Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this is a crucial phase of the groundbreaking Dublin to Galway Greenway….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Transport Minister confirms Athenry to Oranmore rail study to begin shortly

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Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has received confirmation from Minister Eamon Ryan that the contract to carry-out a feasibility study on the rail line will be awarded in February, with the findings expected to be published by September.

Minister Ryan has previously confirmed that the planned double tacking of the line from Athenry to Galway is a priority for his department, while has also said the upcoming study is likely to identify a significant package of works to improve the section from Athenry to Oranmore.

It comes as the population of both Athenry and Oranmore has roughly doubled over the past twenty years, while an estimated 1,500 people commute from the region to Galway city everyday.

Deputy Cannon argues a frequent and reliable train service is needed to encourage people to use public transport and take cars off the road.

He says he fully expects the upcoming study will recommend a significant investment in rail line – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Galway Simon warns of serious challenges this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community is expressing concern over the challenges that lie ahead for the charity this year.

It says it has “deep concern” over what will happen when the moratorium on evictions is lifted and the true economic impact of Covid-19 unfolds.

It adds that while a decrease in those living in emergency accommodation last year is welcome, there’s been no decrease in numbers seeking help from the charity.

Galway Simon supported 614 households across the west during 2020, including 681 adults and 416 children.

CEO Karen Golden says many challenges lie ahead this year…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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