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Works to get underway shortly at Kilmeen Cross

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s hoped major road works at Kilmeen Cross near Loughrea will get underway in the coming weeks
The works are now set to be carried out in two phases – the first will address a stretch of bumpy road surface from the Cross towards Portumna.
The second phase will involve road improvements along a kilometre of the N65 in the Loughrea direction – including realignment works at Kilmeen Cross itself.
The matter was raised at a recent meeting of the County Council, where an assurance was given that the project is a ‘top priority’ for the local authority.
You can hear more on this from Loughrea Councillor Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher on FYI Galway from 5…

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Warning of two tier recovery as hospitality sector in the West faces major post Covid challenges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A representative group has warned there will be 3,730 fewer jobs in the drinks and hospitality industry in the West in 2022 due to the continuing impact of pandemic.

The analysis compiled by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has warned of a two-tier recovery in 2022, with hospitality facing major post-Covid challenges despite the broader economy’s ongoing recovery as the country approaches full vaccination.

The study predicts 140,000 people will be employed by drinks and hospitality businesses in 2022, down from almost 180,000 in Q4 2019.

It also finds rural areas, women, and young people are likely to be disproportionately affected by industry contraction.

In the final quarter of 2019, prior to the onset of the pandemic, in the West region, which includes the counties of Roscommon, Galway and Mayo, 7.5% of the adult population were employed in drinks and hospitality jobs – 6.8% in Galway alone.

Drinks Industry Group of Ireland is calling for a 7.5% reduction in excise tax in October’s Budget to help the industry weather this difficult trading environment.

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Campaign group says Salthill cycleway will form blue jewel in Galway’s greenways crown

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Cycling Campaign says the Salthill cycleway will form the blue jewel in Galway’s greenways crown.

It comes as the proposal was passed at last evening’s meeting of Galway City Council where 17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion put forward by Mayor Collette Connolly.

The route would run from the Grattan Road as far as the Kingston junction on the Barna side of the city.

However, the suggested route is subject to engineering studies, and to planning before any work can commence.

The campaign group behind the plan says the temporary 3 kilometre coastal cycleway will provide a safe route to schools, sports, and work for tens of thousands of people between Knocknacarra and the city centre via Salthill, as well as making the city’s seafront a safer and more pleasant destination for people walking and cycling.

The Mayor of Galway says she’s “over the moon” that her motion got the backing of city councillors.

The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of up to 200 car parking spaces, and the potential impact on traffic movement.

Mayor Collette Connolly says efforts have been made to address any issues raised …..

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Galway City Councillors Give Green Light To Trial Cycle-way in Salthill.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Councillors have voted to proceed with a trial cycle-way in Salthill.

4 local cycling groups had called on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion by Mayor Collette Connolly at this afternoon’s city council meeting.

The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

Campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

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