Galway bay fm newsroom – Met Éireann has issued an upgraded status red weather alert for Galway as storms continue to batter the country.
Very stormy conditions with violent winds are to be expected this evening with very severe gusts of 130 to 170km/h.
Some 1500 ESB customers are still without power across the county this evening as a result of the violent storm conditions.
Areas affected include Gort, Lettermore, Woodford, and Ardrahan- and most faults have been caused by fallen trees or power lines.
The ESB is advising people to stay away from fallen power lines and treat them as though they are live.
Matt Cunningham, spokesperson for ESB in Galway, says teams are working to repair all faults and will restore power as quickly as possible
Meanwhile, the driver of a truck that overturned on the N18 Galway to Gort road at Kiltartan has been taken to UGH as a precautionary measure.
The road at Kiltartan was fully closed to facilitate the removal of the truck, but is expected to re-open around now.
Council crews are assisting in the removal of several fallen trees across the county, and Bus Eireann services were suspended for a time earlier this afternoon due to high winds.
Due to fallen trees, the road between Killure and Nutfield and the road between Ahascra and Fohanna is impassible.
The road between Castleblakeney and Ballymacward is closed due to a fallen powerline.
Gardaí are reporting spot flooding on roads in the city, Salthill and Clifden, and are advising of strong crosswinds on the M6 Dublin to Galway road between junction 13 Athlone West and Junction 15 Ballinasloe West.
Meanwhile, Gary McMahon from Galway City Council is advising people not to take any risks
Meanwhile, Westside Library has closed due to storm damage.
Four large panes of glass at the front of the building smashed to the ground as a result of high winds.
Librarian Cora Gunter says the library will remain closed until engineers can assess the safety of the building:
Catherine Connolly critical of delays on report into sexual misconduct within Defence Forces
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Catherine Connolly is voicing disappointment at continued delays on a report into sexual misconduct within the Defence Forces.
Raising the matter with the Taoiseach in the Dáil, she said it’s been a year since an independent investigation was announced by Government.
She noted the terms of the investigation were not in-line with what affected female members of the Defence Forces had requested.
Deputy Connolly argued that led to broken trust – and a year on, we still don’t have a final report.
Speaking in response, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Tanaiste expects a completed report “very soon”.
Department of Housing issues correction to its statement on house price limits for Galway – increase is €10,000, not €20,000
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Housing has this evening issued a correction to its earlier statement on house price limits for Galway – the increase is €10,000, not €20,000
Clarified statement – From 01 March 2023, house price limits for homes in Galway that are eligible for the Local Authority Home Loan will increase by €10,000 from €320,000 to €330,000. Income limits for joint applicants will increase to €85,000 and the income limit for a single applicant in Galway will increase to €70,000.
Galway public share opinions on internet safety and inappropriate content for kids
Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than one in five children have seen something on the internet they wouldn’t want their parents to know about.
That’s according to a survey of 1200 primary school kids, to mark international Safer Internet Day today.
The Children’s Ombudsman is now calling on social media platforms to do more to protect kids online.
David Nevin has been asking people in Galway if they think the internet can be a dangerous place for kids.