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Works to transform major city roundabout into traffic lit junction to begin next month

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Work is set to begin next month on turning the Kirwan roundabout in the city into a signalised junction.

The new junction will feature a four arm, traffic lit interchange that will support cyclists and pedestrians with built-in cycle lanes and toucan crossings.

Advanced works will begin at the end of October and will include earth works, the diversion of a watermain and the installation of temporary fencing.

The main onsite work will take place 6 months after the completion of earth works to pre-load soft ground on the site to support the junction.

Four private properties will be impacted by the project including the Menlo Park Hotel, a B&B, a residence, and a partially constructed residential site.

The full project is set to cost approximately 5 million euro and is due to be completed and open in the second half of next year.

Senior Executive Engineer with the City Council Transport Section, Fran McAvoy, Says the current Kirwan roundabout is a missing link for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Portumna Castle car parking development to get underway

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Works to provide car parking facilities and a bus set down area for Portumna Castle will get underway in the coming months.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has confirmed that an area design has been submitted and tenders are almost ready to go out.

Visitor numbers at the 17th century castle have steadily increased year on year, with over 20 thousand people visiting the attraction in 2018.

Minister Cannon says the increase in visitor numbers to Portumna castle demanded the new facilities:

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Funding sanctioned to support sport and language skills in 46 Galway schools

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 350 thousand euro has been allocated to 46 Galway schools to support sports and language skills.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht approved the funding which will enable the teaching of football, hurling and handball skills at 35 primary and 11 secondary schools in Galway.

The programme will run in schools for the next three years in tandem with the Government’s action plan for the Irish Language.

Over 600 pupils will benefit from the programme on an annual basis in schools across Connemara, the Aran Islands, in Gaeltacht areas of Galway City and in Thuar Mhic Éadaigh in Mayo.

More at 10 as Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Galway West TD Sean Kyne says it’s a good venture to promote Irish through sport…

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259 domestic violence orders granted in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Judges granted domestic violence orders to 259 people in Galway last year.

Figures obtained from the Courts Service through freedom of information show 227 such applications were refused in Galway for the period.

43 percent of applications for domestic violence orders in Dublin and Cork last year were refused.

More at 9 as Sarah Benson, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, says the statistics are a concern…

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