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Women who died in Ballinasloe crash named locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Station Road in Ballinasloe remains closed this afternoon following a collision which claimed the lives of two women last evening.
The local women, in their 50s, were walking near the train station when they were hit by a car involved in a collision just after 5.30p.m.
They have been named locally as school teacher, Maureen Dooley from Garbally Demense who worked at Marist College in Athlone and is survived by her husband and three children.
Her friend, Deirdre Kilmartin, who worked in a local veterinary office was originally from Sarsfields Road but was living in Shralee.
She was married with two children.
They were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to Portiuncula Hospital for post mortem examinations.
The two drivers of the cars were not seriously injured.
Station Road, which is a popular walking route to and from the town, remains closed this afternoon while gardai continue to examine the scene,
It’s expected to stay closed for the next few hours and diversions are in place.

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Gardai investigating vandalism to road signs in Claran and Headford

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai are investigating significant damage caused to road signs in the Claran and Headford areas over the weekend.

That’s according to Councillor Andrew Reddington, who says the damage was clearly caused by the front loader of a tractor.

He claims road signs in a number of locations have been damaged, buckled and even completely uprooted in some cases.

Fine Gael Councillor Reddington has an appeal to the parents of young people who are driving around late at night with tractors..

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Portiuncula Hospital records first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe has recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks.

According to the latest HSE figures, there’s just one coronavirus patient being treated at the east Galway facility this lunchtime.

A further four COVID-19 patients are attending UHG today, while there are an additional five hospital patients awaiting coronavirus test results at the city’s main hospital.

Nationwide there are 292 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals.

Meanwhile, 31 patients are attending ICU while 20 of these patients are being treated on ventilators.

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Consortium involving GMIT to apply for Technological University status before year end

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An application for technological university status is expected from GMIT, Sligo and Letterkenny, by the end of the year.

Last month, €5.7 million was allocated to the Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium in a bid to assist with the application for the designation.

It comes as the Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has announced Athlone and Limerick institutes of technology are applying for TU status today.

Minister of State for Further Education Niall Collins says it’ll provide many educational opportunities for students in the region.

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