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Traffic chaos as Headford Road remains closed



Commuters on the Headford Road and the N17 are facing another evening of traffic chaos as the N84 remains closed between Corrandulla barracks and Regan’s of Clonboo.

It’s after an articulated truck, which was carrying timber, jack-knifed and overturned, blocking the road.

Just before 12 today three units of the city fire brigade, an ambulance and Gardaí attended the scene of the incident.

The lorry was carrying a load of timber and it jackknifed on the stretch between Regans of Clonboo and Corrandulla Barracks.

The load of timber is in the process of being removed from the vehicle before it can be lifted upright and taken off the road.

Diversions are in place through Corrandulla, and businesses along the Curraghline are still operating as normal this evening.

A stop-go system remains in place near McGaugh’s – council crews are continuing to build up flood defences in the area.

The planned closure of the section of the road between Clonboo and Corrandulla barracks is going ahead at 8pm, which means commuter will only have a short window in which to travel the road this evening.

It will remain closed until 6am tomorrow.

The closure is expected to once again push large volumes of additional traffic onto the N17.

Meanwhile, the R339 between Carnmore Cross and Coosaun Cross has reopened.

The road had been closed since 10am to facilitate emergency roadworks but has reopened to traffic this evening.

Here is the latest on road closures from the County Council


Ballinasloe NorthBALLYDOOGANL-3402-38Cloonatleva (Fohenagh to Annagh)
Ballinasloe NorthROOKWOOD or BELLAGADL-6363-52Rookwood Cross to R362
Ballinasloe NorthCLOONCANNONL-6363-27Ballygar to Rookwood Cross
Ballinasloe NorthMUCKANAGH NORTHL-7274-0
Ballinasloe NorthMUCKANAGH NORTHL-7276-0
Ballinasloe NorthKILLADERRYL-3406-25Ahascragh to Ballyforan – Closed at Derryfadda
Ballinasloe NorthESKERMURRYL-7257-0Bridge damaged
Ballinasloe NorthLOUGHACLERYBEGL-7421-0Curragh
Ballinasloe NorthLISSARDL-34094-0Near Arrabawn Co-Op under Railway Bridge
Ballinasloe NorthDERREENL-7272-0
Ballinasloe NorthCLOONRUFFL-6364-0Cloonruff to Thornfield
Ballinasloe NorthROOKWOOD or BELLAGADL-6348-36Rookwood Bridge
Ballinasloe NorthDERRYFADDAL-3406-67OPEN
Ballinasloe NorthKILLERORANL-3213-7Slymans Cross to Ballygar
Ballinasloe NorthCOOLASPADDAUNL-6363-27Rookwood
Ballinasloe NorthMUCKLOONR-363-116Open
Ballinasloe SouthKNOCKNAGREANAL-3412-6Cahir Crossroads (LP3412 junction with R446) to Nutfield Cross Roads (LP3412 junction with R348)
Ballinasloe SouthTOWNPARKSL-86071-0Woodslip Lane
Ballinasloe SouthTOWNPARKSL-86072-0Hopson’s Lane
Ballinasloe SouthDerrymullanR-358-10Station Road
Ballinasloe SouthTOWNPARKSL-8607-8Slí na hAbhainn (road at Peter Madden Fuels)
Ballinasloe SouthTownparksL-86068-0Access road to Civic Offices/Southern end of St Michaels Square/ Bridge St.
Connemara NorthLEMONFIELDL-5334-0Pier Road, Oughterard
Loughrea/PortumnaGORTANUMMERAL-4313-54Tynagh to Portumna Road at Kilcorban
Loughrea/PortumnaRAFORDL-7184-0Raford- The Hidden Drive
GortCLOONANEARLAL-8527-0Thoor Ballylee
GortGORTNASTEALL-45071-0Leah North, Kinvara
GortRINNEEN HEWHALLL-8525-15Castletown, Kiltartan
GortCASTLETAYLOR SOUTHL-8565-0At R347 Junction
GortCAHERPEAK EASTL-4502-0Kilcolgan
GortCLOGHBOLEYL-4506-68Owenbristy. Sheehans Cross to Keamsellagh
GortRAHALYL-4511-19Kinmona area.
GortSKEHANAGHL-8534-2Carrawbaun north
GortArdrahan to KilchreestL-4512Ballyboy road
OranmoreLISHEENAVALLAL-3101-30Ballymurphy Cross to Cregmore
OranmoreCathair GhabhannL-62004-0Cahergowan
OranmoreGORTROEL-6235-5Near Corrandulla
OranmoreAthenry Turloughmore Road at CoolarneL-3105Including local roads at Rathfee, Mira, Burma, Carheenlea and Grange
OranmoreCAHERATEEMORE NORTHL-7116-0Coolarne
OranmoreBaile ChláirL-6199-0Cloonbiggeen
OranmoreGort Chluain MórL-61981-0Gortadooey
OranmoreKILTULLAGHL-7103-6Kiltullagh to Carnmore
OranmoreAn Poll CaoinL-6210-0Cloonacauneen. From Mchughs pub to Ballindooley Cross
Tuam WestANNAGH- BallygluninL-2127-0
Tuam WestBALLYBANAGHER-MahanaghL-2123-24
Tuam WestKILGARVE NORTHL-3110-61
Ballymoe -Laragh-RossL-6403-0Cloonadaragh
Tuam EastCARTRONL-2222-0From N84 to Cortoon
Tuam EastDRUMBULCAUN-KnockalonraL-6494-25
Tuam EastPOLLAPHUCAL-6494-14
Tuam WestPOLLATURK or NEWGARDENL-2106-0Goldenpark
Tuam WestTHOMASTOWNL-6215-3Carrowbeg South
Tuam EastBRACKLOONL-22323-0
Tuam EastBEAGHL-6427-0Off the N83
Tuam WestARDSKEA MOREL-21243-0Ardskea More
Tuam EastLOMAUNAGHROEL-2232-45East of Cortoon
Tuam EastDUNBLANEYL-2232-27
Tuam EastLOMAUNAGHROEL-2232-27Gorteen Cross to Levally
Tuam EastKILNALAGR-360-127Kilnalag Cross towards Dunmore
Tuam WestJOHNSTOWNL-6139-0North of Castlehackett
Tuam WestTREANBAUNL-2106-23
Tuam WestRUSHEENS NORTHL-61451-0
Tuam WestCORBALLY SOUTHL-6184-31
Tuam WestCURRY EIGHTERL-6147-0
Tuam WestCAHERMORRISL-2121-20
Connemara SouthNa Doiriú TheasR-336-413
Connemara SouthCluain DuibhL53722-0Anach – Annagh road Clooniffe
GortTULLIRAN-18-264Hard shoulder closed
Loughrea/PortumnaPortumnaN-65-390N65 Traffic Lights on the bridge


Connacht Tribune

West has lower cancer survival rates than rest



Significant state investment is required to address ‘shocking’ inequalities that leave cancer patients in the West at greater risk of succumbing to the disease.

A meeting of Regional Health Forum West heard that survival rates for breast, lung and colorectal cancers than the national average, and with the most deprived quintile of the population, the West’s residents faced poorer outcomes from a cancer diagnosis.

For breast cancer patients, the five-year survival rate was 80% in the West versus 85% nationally; for lung cancer patients it was 16.7% in the west against a 19.5% national survival rate; and in the West’s colorectal cancer patients, there was a 62.6% survival rate where the national average was 63.1%.

These startling statistics were provided in answer to a question from Ballinasloe-based Cllr Evelyn Parsons (Ind) who said it was yet another reminder that cancer treatment infrastructure in the West was in dire need of improvement.

“The situation is pretty stark. In the Western Regional Health Forum area, we have the highest incidence of deprivation and the highest health inequalities because of that – we have the highest incidences of cancer nationally because of that,” said Cllr Parsons, who is also a general practitioner.

In details provided by CEO of Saolta Health Care Group, which operates Galway’s hospitals, it was stated that a number of factors were impacting on patient outcomes.

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Marathon Man plans to call a halt – but not before he hits 160 races



Loughrea’s Marathon Man Jarlath Fitzgerald.

On the eve of completing his 150th marathon, an odyssey that has taken him across 53 countries, Loughrea’s Marathon Man has announced that he is planning to hang up his running shoes.

But not before Jarlath Fitzgerald completes another ten races, making it 160 marathons on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

“I want to draw the line in 2026. I turn 57 in October and when I reach 60 it’s the finishing line. The longer races are taking it out of me. I did 20 miles there two weeks ago and didn’t feel good. It’s getting harder,” he reveals.

“I’ve arthritis in both hips and there’s wear and tear in the knees.”

We speak as he is about to head out for a run before his shift in Supervalu Loughrea. Despite his physical complaints, he still clocks up 30 miles every second week and generally runs four days a week.

Jarlath receives injections to his left hip to keep the pain at bay while running on the road.

To give his joints a break, during the winter he runs cross country and often does a five-mile trek around Kylebrack Wood.

He is planning on running his 150th marathon in Cork on June 4, where a group of 20 made up of work colleagues, friends and running mates from Loughrea Athletics Club will join him.

Some are doing the 10k, others are doing the half marathon, but all will be there on the finishing line to cheer him on in the phenomenal achievement.

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Galway ‘masterplan’ needed to tackle housing and transport crises



From the Galway City Tribune – An impassioned plea for a ‘masterplan’ that would guide Galway City into the future has been made in the Dáil. Galway West TD Catherine Connolly stated this week that there needed to be an all-inclusive approach with “vision and leadership” in order to build a sustainable city.

Deputy Connolly spoke at length at the crisis surrounding traffic and housing in Galway city and said that not all of the blame could be laid at the door of the local authority.

She said that her preference would be the provision of light rail as the main form of public transport, but that this would have to be driven by the government.

“I sat on the local council for 17 years and despaired at all of the solutions going down one road, metaphorically and literally. In 2005 we put Park & Ride into the development plan, but that has not been rolled out. A 2016 transport strategy was outdated at the time and still has not been updated.

“Due to the housing crisis in the city, a task force was set up in 2019. Not a single report or analysis has been published on the cause of the crisis,” added Deputy Connolly.

She then referred to a report from the Land Development Agency (LDA) that identified lands suitable for the provision of housing. But she said that two-thirds of these had significant problems and a large portion was in Merlin Park University Hospital which, she said, would never have housing built on it.

In response, Minister Simon Harris spoke of the continuing job investment in the city and also in higher education, which is his portfolio.

But turning his attention to traffic congestion, he accepted that there were “real issues” when it came to transport, mobility and accessibility around Galway.

“We share the view that we need a Park & Ride facility and I understand there are also Bus Connects plans.

“I also suggest that the City Council reflect on her comments. I am proud to be in a Government that is providing unparalleled levels of investment to local authorities and unparalleled opportunities for local authorities to draw down,” he said.

Then Minister Harris referred to the controversial Galway City Outer Ring Road which he said was “struck down by An Bord Pleanála”, despite a lot of energy having been put into that project.

However, Deputy Connolly picked up on this and pointed out that An Bord Pleanála did not say ‘No’ to the ring road.

“The High Court said ‘No’ to the ring road because An Bord Pleanála acknowledged it failed utterly to consider climate change and our climate change obligations.

“That tells us something about An Bord Pleanála and the management that submitted such a plan.”

In the end, Minister Harris agreed that there needed to be a masterplan for Galway City.

“I suggest it is for the local authority to come up with a vision and then work with the Government to try to fund and implement that.”

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