Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
The construction of a new train station on the Galway to Dublin route at Oranmore is poised to begin as early as next October, according to Fine Gael Deputy Brian Walsh.
Tender documents are currently being finalised for the development of the station at Garraun in Oranmore, which will be welcomed as a viable alternative for thousands of commuters from the surrounding area.
Galway County Council is in the process of completing designs for an access road and carpark at the facility, which the local authority will operate and maintain following its completion in the first half of next year.
Deputy Walsh said the reopening of a train station in Oranmore would provide a major boost for the locality and would help to alleviate traffic congestion east of Galway City.
“I’m delighted that the development of a train station in Oranmore is being progressed as a priority by the Department of Transport and I look forward to the facility providing an attractive alternative for commuters in the area,” he said.
“It is estimated that up to 65,000 vehicles travel the N6, R339 and the Oranmore Coast Road to Galway city every day, and providing a viable alternative to these motorists will obviously have a positive impact on traffic congestion from this side of the county.”
Deputy Walsh said that the new station would also provide an economic boost for the area by attracting additional visitors to the locality.
“In addition to the established Galway to Dublin route, more than 250,000 passengers travelled between Limerick and Galway since the opening of the Western Rail Corridor last year. Increased connectivity and accessibility will benefit business in Oranmore,” he added.
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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.