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Water supply restored to Carraroe; bottled water on way to Inishbofin; burst main in Williamstown

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Full water supply has been restored to Carraroe following restrictions on the scheme.
The reservoirs have filled sufficiently to allow supply to return however, due to increased demand restrictions will be in place again tonight and for the next few nights until demand regularises and the water treatment plant can meet the demand needs. It may take several hours for all sections of the network to get water supply.
Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained at all times.
Irish Water is grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe yesterday evening on behalf of the utility and the local fire service distributed it to vulnerable customers.
Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands.
Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.
Night time restrictions on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies has enabled the reservoirs to refill to some degree and full supply has been restored this morning. Irish Water would like to thank customers supplied by these schemes for adhering to our water conservation notice yesterday. There will be further restrictions on this scheme tonight.
Water levels on Inishbofin are critical following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew travelled to the island this morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water is available at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.
Williamstown is suffering a major water supply issue and leak repair crews will be undertaking work in the town today to try to restore supply. Customers in some areas supplied from Kilnalag Reservoir have no water at present.
In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.
The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.
Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

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NUIG professor appointed to panel reviewing children’s social care services in Northern Ireland

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A professor at NUI Galway has been appointed to a special panel to review children’s social care services in Northern Ireland.

Health Minister in the NI Executive, Robin Swann, has confirmed that Professor Pat Dolan will join the panel, with the review to begin next month.

Over a 16 month period, it’ll engage with parents, children and young people, as well as those working within the services, to assess the current model under a a wide range of criteria.

Professor Dolan is Director of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, and UNESCO Chair at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway.

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Galway TD calls for residential development to be prioritised around train stations

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD says it’s mistake that across Galway, we’re not properly planning to have our towns connected with the National Rail Network.

Deputy Sean Canney says it’s good planning to designate catchment areas close to train stations as priority zones for residential development.

He feels this should be reflected in the Galway County Development Plan, as well as Local Area Plans for the individual municipal districts.

Galway East Deputy Canney says towns like Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Attymon, Athenry and Gort could benefit from this type of initiative.

Deputy Canney says it’s about improving connectivity, reducing reliance on cars, and realising the full potential of the rail network.

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Major step forward for planned Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- There’s been a major step forward in plans to build a new Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park in Knocknacarra.

This week’s meeting of Galway City Council heard the project has now been approved in principle at Government level.

The proposed Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park would be a €17m development, adjacent to the existing community centre.

It would consist of a swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym, as well as various studios and playing courts, and a cafe.

Galway City Council first applied for grant aid funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, and Sport in 2019.

At this week’s meeting of the local authority, City CEO Brendan McGrath confirmed a letter has been received from the Department in recent days.

It confirms that the Department is now in a position to enter into a legal grant agreement for a previously agreed sum of €8m.

As part of the process, Galway City Council now has to prepare and submit a raft of documentation, including the detailed design of the project and a final business case.

It’s currently estimated that the project could be delivered at Cappagh Park by early 2027.

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