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Transport Infrastructure Ireland accused of ‘cuts by stealth’ ahead of Galway road re-classifications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Transport Infrastructure Ireland is being accused of implementing ‘cuts by stealth’ ahead of a series of road re-classifications across the county.
The matter has already resulted in controversy after it was revealed that TII planned on reducing sections of the N59 from 100km/h to 80km/h.
TII has suggested reducing the speed limit on certain sections of the N59, N67, N63 and N84 where road conditions are poor.
The council executive argues that proposed changes will have no impact on the body’s investment in Galway’s road network.
However, Ballinasloe area Councillor Michael Connolly said TII is trying to implement ‘cuts by stealth,’ and is reducing speed limits on bad stretches rather than investing in improvement works.
He says Galway is getting the crumbs from the table – and the inaction will have huge implications for the county and the future of its roads.

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Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.

Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.

It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.

He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.

Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.

Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.

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329 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 329 Covid-19 cases nationwide.

57 patients with the disease are in hospital – down 3 in 24 hours.

The number in ICU has also dropped by 4 over that time to 19.

There are no local figures available due to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.

Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.

She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.

Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.

She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.

Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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