Galway Bay fm newsroom – Storm Emma is continuing to pass over Ireland bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds.
A status red weather warning remains in place across Galway, Leinster, Munster and until 6 this evening while an orange warning is in effect for the rest of the country.
However, the blizzard conditions have passed and the public safety advice to shelter indoors is withdrawn.
Galway had heavy snow in most areas overnight, with a substantial amount of drifting, including in the city
Despite the lifting of the stay indoors warning Galway motorists on the roads so far this morning have told Galway Bay fm news that most roads remain treacherous
Parts of the country have experienced heavy snowfalls and high winds overnight – and it’s not over yet.
ESB Networks says around 24 thousand homes and businesses are without power with Dublin, Louth, Kildare and Offaly the worst affected.
Public transport continues to be impacted – flights are grounded at the country’s airports and won’t resume until tomorrow.
There’s no Irish Rail, Dublin Bus or Luas services today – Bus Eireann won’t operate in Leinster or Munster – but may run some services in other areas depending on the roads.
Thousands of homes have also been left without water with burst mains and boil notices in numerous areas – there are major issues in Galway and Wicklow.
Authorities say it could be several hours before the full extent of the damage is known.
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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.
Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.
Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.
However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.
Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.
At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.
They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.
They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.
For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.
Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.
However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.
It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.
Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.