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Site secured for St. Teresa’s Special School in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

A four acre site has been secured from the HSE for a long awaited new building for St. Teresa’s Special School in Ballinasloe.

Local TD Denis Naughten says it’s a very positive development in the ongoing saga of securing a site but says it is now imperative that the detailed planning and design proceeds without delay.

The school is currently accommodated in the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre in Creagh and it is now hoped that this project can be fast tracked to move to the construction of a new purpose-built building.

The facility has more than 20 students from Ballinasloe, East Galway and South Roscommon and 15 staff.

The new school project had been included in the Department’s six year capital programme announced in November 2015 to proceed to the tender and construction stages in the period 2019-2021.

However previous negotiations on a site fell through.

Deputy Naughten says a clear commitment of funding is now needed for this project….

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🎧 Call for City Council to reconsider Kirwan Junction “disaster”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are being urged to re-think the “disaster” that is the new Kirwan Junction.

That’s according to Councillor James Charity, who says the new layout is leading to unprecedented tailbacks.

He says he’s been innundated with calls from motorists who are caught in kilometres long tailbacks approaching the junction to access the N84.

Councillor Charity argues the design of the new junction severely limits access to the N84 and the current delays cannot be entirely explained by light sequencing or teething issues.

He also points out that some local roads in the Killoughter area are now under pressure as they’re being used as “rat runs” to avoid the junction

Councillor Charity believes the junction is not fit for purpose and needs urgent re-assessment:

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Plans to be lodged for new fire station in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new fire station in Athenry are expected to be lodged today. (23/7)

That’s according to Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn, who says the long-awaited facility will replace the current sub-standard base at Clarke Street.

The new three bay facility will be constructed on a site at Ballygurrane South on the edge of the town.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says a Part 8 planning application set to be lodged this afternoon is the culmination of years of hard work.

And she says the local fire crew are a huge asset to the local community…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Galway among counties “most at risk” as thunderstorm warning issued

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow thunderstorm and rain warning has been issued for this afternoon and evening by Met Eireann.

Counties most at risk are Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to remain in the mid 20s for the weekend.

Met Éireann Weather Warning

Thunderstorms in places this afternoon and evening with lightning, hail and heavy downpours resulting in localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Counties most at risk are Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Valid: 13:13 Friday 23/07/2021 to 20:00 Friday 23/07/2021

Issued: 13:13 Friday 23/07/2021

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