Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Visitors to Galway city will certainly not be impressed by the state of the roundabouts on the approach roads – they have been described as an appalling disgrace.
The fact that some of the roundabouts are covered in weeds and ragwort will not give a great first impression of the city, it has been claimed.
And now the National Roads Authority, who are responsible for the roundabouts on the national primary and secondary routes, have been urged to “clean up their act”.
It has been claimed that many of the city’s roundabouts have become overgrown, are only occasionally maintained and are an eyesore on the approach roads into Galway.
The fact that the height of the growing season is fast approaching means that weeds have taken off in a major way and this has added to some of the roundabouts looking unsightly.
Galway West TD Noel Grealish has lashed the NRA of the state of the roundabouts on the approach roads to the city – and particularly from the M6.
“It is totally unacceptable that the first sight for visitors to Galway city, when they exit the motorway, is a roundabout covered in weeds and ragwort”, Deputy Grealish told The Sentinel.
He added: “Given the importance of tourism and the fact that a lot of visitors fly into Dublin and Shannon and make their way to Galway via the M6, this situation needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency”.
He said that over the Bank Holiday weekend there were thousands of visitors to Galway and their first image of the city was an unkempt roundabout covered in weeds – some of them several feet tall.
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.