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Walkway delay leaves beach at mercy of nature

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Date Published: 30-Jun-2011

by Dearbhla Geraghty

Budgetary restraints have forced Galway City Council to delay plans for the proposed €7million prom extension from Blackrock to Silver Strand, part of which was designed to save one of the coastline’s most famous landmarks from extinction.

An Environmental Impact Statement, carried out for the local authority in 2006, said that without erosion prevention work, Silverstrand beach would be eradicated within 25 to 40 years, while the Knocknagoneen drumlin beside it would be cut off from the mainland.

Such a walkway would also have considered the future of Gentian Hill, which is similarly under threat from coastal erosion.

It was envisaged that two footbridges over the entrances to Lough Rusheen and Sailín would extend the Salthill prom to a continuous four miles of walkway.

Now, the local authority says it does not have the funds to proceed with the project. “It doesn’t appear that we will have funding to proceed to the design stage, and won’t have the budget to carry out the physical work on the ground of providing a promenade that people can walk on,” a spokesperson confirmed.

Cllr Donal Lyons, a long time supporter of the project, said yesterday that it was disgraceful that such an urgent matter would be put on the back burner. “The longer it is put on hold the more erosion will take place,” he warned.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

 

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Man arrested over alleged criminal damage to city cars

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A 20 year old man is still being questioned this afternoon over alleged criminal damage to a number of cars in the city overnight.

16 cars were damaged in the Whitestrand Road, Fr. Griffin Road and Lower Salthill areas at around 3.30 this morning.

A 20 year old Brazilan man was arrested in the general area after Gardai were alerted.

He is now being questioned at Mill Street Garda Station.

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Department urged to provide funding for Claregalway road

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

The Department of Transport needs to prioritise the Claregalway Relief Road as a matter of urgency.

That’s according to Councillor Jim Cuddy who has been responding to numerous complaints from motorists and residents about delays through the village.

He says that the County Council is working on the design stage of the relief road at present, when it should be at construction stage.

Long delays are being experienced by motorists through the village not only at peak times, but throughout the day.

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Disruption continues as Bus Eireann strike enters second day

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway again this morning, as the national Bus Eireann strike enters its second day.

The Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, has appealed to members of the National Bus and Rail Union to immediately enter talks to resolve the dispute – which has resulted in disruption on over 95 per cent of Bus Eireann’s services.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers held a picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city last evening.

School buses are expected to operate as normal this morning, despite the rolling strike.

Bus Eireann Spokesman Andrew McLindon says the union has assured them school buses won’t be affected.

 

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