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Transport Minister urged to fund new application for N59 upgrade

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister for Transport Shane Ross has met with members of the N59 Action group in Connemara to discuss hold ups and delays with the much needed improvement of the road.
The meeting took place after Minister Ross travelled the road this afternoon to view the problems first hand with what’s regularly referred to as the worst road in Ireland.
The meeting was also attended by a number of public representatives including Junior Minister Seán Kyne, Deputies Noel Grealish and Hildegard Naughton, County Cathaoirleach Eileen Mannion, and Councillor Niamh Byrne as well as Udaras na Gaeltachta CEO Stephen O Cualain and CEO of Kylemore Abbey John Madden.
The N59 Action Group is calling for a new planning application to be submitted by the council to An Bord Pleanala for the section between Maam cross and Clifden, as the original one was refused.
Action group chairman Josie Conneely said while nothing concrete was prmised it was still a worthwhile meeting with Minister Ross.

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294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.

39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.

It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.

While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

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

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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1,400 fewer people claiming PUP in Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,400 fewer people will claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway this week.

13,218 people will receive the payment today – compared to 14,683 this day last week.

It comes as the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment nationwide is at its lowest level since last October.

Just over 244,000 people received the payment today, which is 23,000 fewer than last week.

The payment will close to new applicants at the end of this month.

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