Galway Bay fm newsroom – Pipework to extend the water supply network from Lough Mask to Williamstown is due to reach completion by the end of this week.
The first sod was turned on the 10 million euro project in April last year.
Irish Water says all pipework will be in the ground by the end of this week.
The next phase will involve testing as well as cross connection works to the existing network and reservoirs.
It’s hoped the new pipeline will be commissioned in the next 4 to 6 weeks.
Galway Simon raises serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Simon Community has raised serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas.
The charity has warned the Christmas period can be very emotional and difficult for people experiencing homelessness.
According to the latest Government figures, there were 368 people, including 50 families and 116 children, living in emergency accommodation in the west during October.
These figures represent an decrease of 14 people, including three families on the previous month.
CEO of Galway Simon, Karen Golden, has welcomed this decrease but says the numbers presenting as homeless in the region are still far too high.
The charity has confirmed it’s seen an increase in demand across its services compared to the same period last year – largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CEO Karen Golden says the charity’s volunteers have been working extremely hard throughout the pandemic to support those in need.
210 drink driving offences recorded across county so far this year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 210 drink driving offences have been recorded across the county so far this year.
A meeting of the county joint policing committee heard a 5 percent rise has been noted in the volume of intoxicated driving cases over the first 10 months of the year.
Speeding offences were also slightly up in the period with 5818 recorded from January to October.
The Garda statistics show many other categories of road traffic incidents decreased in the period.
There were 12 road incidents involving serious injury – a drop of 61 percent when compared to the same period last year.
There were two fatal road incidents in the period, a decline of 60 percent – However the Garda Chief noted an additional road death which took place earlier this week in Abbeyknockmoy.
There was a 9 percent reduction in those driving without insurance with 274 incidents recorded in the period.
Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told the meeting that despite the closure of pubs due to COVID-19 restrictions, people continue to consume alcohol in the home with some still choosing to drive while under the influence.
63 COVID-19 cases notified in Galway over last four days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 63 COVID-19 cases have been notified in the Galway area over the last four days.
After a period of relatively low numbers, the city and county has seen an upward trend in cases in recent days.
16 were notified by health officials last evening, 22 on Monday evening, 11 on Sunday and 14 on Saturday.
However Galway’s 14 day incidence rate still remains relatively low at 50 per 100 thousand in population.
Meanwhile, a public health expert says Ireland should re-consider implementing compulsory quarantine for people flying into the country.
DCU Professor of Health Systems, Anthony Staines, says nations that have managed to keep virus levels down have quarantined international travellers.