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Transport Minister says mistakes made over stalled Athlone to Ballinasloe Greenway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister has admitted mistakes were made in developing the now-stalled Athlone to Ballinasloe Greenway.
It’s after the Seanad heard calls for immediate action to prioritise the development of the amenity.
The matter was raised by Galway-Roscommon Senator Maura Hopkins, who spoke on the ‘significant untapped tourism potential’ across the region.
The Athlone to Ballinasloe Greenway would form part of the larger coast to coast Dublin to Galway Greenway project, which spans almost 300km.
It’s encountered a number of setbacks in recent years and was halted in 2015 due to significant concerns from landowners over the route selection.
Senator Hopkins believes immediate action is needed – and local consultation is vital to ensuring the success of the project.
Speaking in response, Transport Minister Shane Ross offered an assurance that plans are being drafted to progress the proposed Greenway.
Minister Ross says it’s vital that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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