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Traffic chaos fears as street to close for seven weeks

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Date Published: 18-Apr-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

Traffic chaos looms from the middle of next month as Galway City Council intend to close Lower Dominick Street for a period of almost seven weeks to facilitate the extension of the city’s sewerage scheme.

The road, one of the key arteries in the city centre, will be closed from 6am on Tuesday, May 17, to 6pm on Thursday, June 30, due to pipe laying and road construction works.

Although diversions will be in place, and local traffic will be facilitated, the closure of the road – from the junction with Mill Street to the junction with Dominick Street Upper at Monroe’s – is expected to result in significant tailbacks through the western fringe of the city centre.

“It is disruptive and there is never a perfect time to do something like this,” admitted a spokesman for the local authority.

“But for most of that time the secondary schools will be off and we will not yet be into the peak tourist season.”

He said that the main purpose of the scheme was to connect the last remaining pockets of unconnected houses in the city to the main sewerage scheme, capturing discharges of effluent to surface watercourses in the city.

The entire project will include works at Nuns Island, Earls Island, Dominick Street, Claddagh Quay, the Harbour Enterprise Park, Ballyloughnane, and Westside.

The spokesman said that a traffic management plan would be put in place during the seven week road closure, with diversions at Raven Terrace, Fr Griffin Road, and Mill Street.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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