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Taoiseach confronted by post office protest as he officially opens Clifden Community School

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The Taoiseach has officially cut the ribbon on Clifden Community School as he begins his schedule of Galway engagements.
Leo Varadkar arrived at the Connemara school an hour behind schedule after his helicopter was diverted to Inverin due to weather conditions.
The new two-storey and part three-storey building, built at a cost of €7.9 million, now caters for over 400 students.
The old school building was demolished last November to make way for play areas and parking.

A single protestor representing Ghlór na Tuaithe demonstrated at the school gate to coincide with the Taoiseach’s visit, in a call to save rural post offices in Connemara.
Speaking at today’s protest, the chairperson of Ghlór na Tuaithe Pádraig a’ Táilliúra Ó Conghaile says the Taoiseach must address the closure of vital post offices:
However, Minister of State and Galway West TD Sean Kyne, who accompanied the Taoiseach at Clifden School, said the demand for post office services is changing.

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A man in his 20’s dies and another is injured after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

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A man in his 20’s has died after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar at approximately 12.45pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road remains closed and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Gardai and Emergency Services attending the scene of a Road Traffic Accident on N63

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Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a road traffic collision on the N63 Newbridge to Ballygar Road.

The road is currently closed with local diversions in place.

No further information is available at this time.

Further updates will issue in due course.

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Protest is held at The Skerritt Roundabout over dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city

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A group of approximately forty campaigners have been protesting at The Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway over dangerous conditions that exist for cyclists and pedestrians on the streets of Galway.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, set up a pop-up pedestrian crossing at the roundabout.

Skerritt Roundabout was chosen as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

The group said that the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser Grainne Faller told John Mulligan that decision makers need to factor in safety when it comes to road and street design in Galway.

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