Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are just 4 hours left for people to cast their votes in the abortion referendum.
There’s been a higher than normal turnout through the day across the country.
Polling station officials in Galway report a brisk morning and lunch period, the expected fall off in the afternoon with the post-work surge now underway.
Average turnout in the city is 38 per cent and in the county 32 per cent
In Dublin and the commuter belt counties many polling stations have hit 30 per cent turnout, with Belmont Avenue in Donnybrook hitting 47 per cent turnout before 3 o’clock.
One box at St John of Gods in Waterford has also hit 47 per cent turnout.
Largely the number of voters has slowed down ahead of the anticipated evening rush as people get off work.
But there’s still a decent turnout.
Earlier Donegal Town reported a 32 per cent turnout.
Counties like Laois, Westmeath and Offaly in the Midlands are consistently showing between 24 and 26 per cent turnout.
The number of people who were added to the supplementary register and have voted is higher than the general trend.
There are just a few hours now left until the 10pm deadline for voting, and many in polling stations across the country think turnout will be higher than the marriage referendum.
Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.
Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.
There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.
Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.
Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.
The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.
They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.
But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.
Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.
Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 13 year old student from Ardscoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe has been recognised for creating an innovative hair straightener.
Erin Godswill’s project came second in the science category of the national competition, Teen Turn’s Scifest.
The natural product, which resembles a hair mask, aims to straighten hair without any chemical treatment.
Ard Scoil Mhuire entered 6 projects, with one also entered from Presentation College Headford.
Erin explains how she developed the hair straightening mask.