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Weather warning for Galway downgraded to third level of yellow alert

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow alert is in operation for Galway, which is the third highest alert warning and downgraded from the top status red alert in place since yesterday

However Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange Alert, the second level of alert for much of the country with gale force southwest to west winds and gusts of 100-130km/h forecast for today

The Status Yellow is in place for Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Munster and Wexford

Approximately 170 homes in Galway are still without electricity this teatime as ESB crews are working in difficult conditions to repair broken poles and wires

The areas affected are 50 houses in Headford and 120 in Kilternan

30 houses in Kingston in Salthill have had power restored in the last 15 minutes

ESB Crews from Mayo have come in to assist the Galway crews

A spokesperson for the ESB in Galway says they expect to have power restored to most of the Galway customers tonight

There are also 500 individual faults across the country with some of these in Galway

These will take some time to fix as the damage is substantial and also many are only being discovered now as people return to their homes after the Christmas break

Eircom says some Galway customers are without telephone and broadband service and it expects this figure to rise with further bad weather forecast.

It said the problem is widespread but the worst impacted areas are Galway, Mayo, Cork, Kilkenny, Carlow, and Wexford totalling 7500 nationwide

Although the storm is easing off in Galway motorists are asked to remain vigilant on the roads as winds remain strong and fallen debris poses hazards

At the height of the storm last night winds of 135 kilometres an hour were recorded at Galway harbour while a woman who was blown into Galway Docks was lucky to be rescued

Mace Head in Connemara also recorded one of the strongest gusts in the country last night at 130 kilometres per hour

Traffic wise in the city Salthill gardai say Dr Colohan Rd in Salthill remains closed between Grattan Rd and Seapoint due to the stormy conditions.

Knocknacarra was badly affected by fallen trees last night, particularly the Windfield area but all have since been cleared

A fully intact trampoline was also blown from its own walled garden into another one

City council crews also secured traffic lights which had come loose

Several trees fell in all areas of the county but all have now been cleared

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Local TD says parents not sending kids to school should have child benefit cut

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD says parents who are not sending their kids to school should face cuts to their child benefit payments.

Deputy Denis Naughten says new figures show Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has sent warning letters to nearly 3,000 parents over the past seven years, over the issue.

He has stressed that the issue has nothing to do with children who are sick, or have other legitimate reasons to be absent.

Speaking to Galway Talks, the Roscommon/Galway TD says it’s time for tougher action against parents who refuse to send their kids to school for no good reason.

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HSE capital plan confirms €9.3m investment for various projects underway at Portiuncula Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE Capital Plan has confirmed a €9.3 million investment for various projects underway at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced over €1 billion under the HSE Capital Plan for 2022 for the construction and equipping of healthcare facilities nationwide.

At the East Galway facility, this involves a number of live projects including the new 50 bed unit in Portiuncula, with enabling works now complete.

It also involves the repurposing of the outpatients area at the main hospital, and additional space to accommodate a long awaited CT scanner.

Local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan says it’s much-needed funding to support the excellent healthcare teams who have been working in a hospital dating from the 1940’s with multi-bed wards.

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File for DPP after Garda drug seizure in east of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following a drug seizure in the east of the city.

Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises on the east side of the Galway city yesterday (May 25).

Quantities of suspected cannabis, cocaine and MDMA, with a combined value of 13,000 euro were seized in the course of the search, along with €2,330 in cash.

A man in his 20’s was arrested at the scene.

He was detained for questioning under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, at the North Western HQ, on the Dublin Road.

The man has since been released and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

All of the drugs seized will now be sent for further analysis.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

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