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Transport Minister slammed for ‘ignoring’ requests for increased Galway roads funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Transport Minister Shane Ross is being slammed for ignoring requests for increased funding for Galway’s road network.
It’s long been argued by Galway’s public representatives that the county receives just a fraction of the cash needed to maintain it’s roads.
Roads in some areas have regularly been described as being in a ‘third world’ and ‘unsafe’ condition – a situation many say is getting worse every year.
A motion was sent to Minister Ross in recent weeks by the County Council urging him to allocate emergency resources to address serious deterioration of the network.
Councillor Joe Byrne says the Transport Minister has so far ignored the request – as Loughrea Councillors will be asked to approve a roads programme this week.
Councillor Byrne believes Minister Ross clearly has no interest in road safety and says the under-investment will cost the Government extra money in the long-run:

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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