Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two more rural post offices in Galway are winding down operations today.
18 branches across Galway were selected for closure earlier this year as part of a restructuring plan by An Post.
Branches at Woodlawn and Garrafrauns are closing their doors today.
These closures will be followed by Eyrecourt on January 15th, after an independent review group upheld An Post’s decision to close it.
Under the criteria, post offices are required to serve a population of at least 500, and have a distance of more than 15 kilometres from the nearest branch.
At the end of January, five further local branches will close.
These are located at Menlough, Colemanstown, Ballymoe, Glinsk and Moyard.
Other branches closed during the year as part of the review include Cornamona, Cloghbrack, Lettermullen, Kylebrack, Inverin, Kiltulla, Ballyglunin, Renvyle and New Inn.
File for DPP after Garda drug seizure in east of city
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.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.