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Government poised to water down charge to ‘flat fee’

A Galway backbencher has signalled a Government climb-down on water charges  – saying that charging on the basis of usage could be shelved for several years. Galway West TD, Brian Walsh, has indicated that Government will instead ask homeowners to pay a ‘flat-fee’ for water, at a ‘reasonable rate’, for two to three years. The…

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Pull it down: Minister on UHG Emergency Dept

HEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has put it on the Dáil record that the solution to the overcrowding problem at the Emergency Department of University Hospital Galway is ‘a rebuild’. Minister Veradkar, in reply to a question from Galway West Labour TD Derek Nolan, said that recent steps put in place to ease the overcrowding at…

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Halloween horror as GSPCA warn animals being attacked

City cats, dogs, kittens and puppies are under attack this Halloween from fireworks thrown by delinquent children, it has been claimed. The Galway Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, GSPCA, said Galway resembles a ‘war-zone’ in the lead up to Halloween with noise from fireworks scaring family pets. The organisation has received reports of…

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Salthill man hopes to make hay with labour of love game

On the day he celebrated his 30th birthday, Salthill computer games developer JP Vaughan had an even bigger milestone to feel proud about. It was the day his first game, Hay Ewe, hit the global market on the App Store. Living in a cabin at the back of his parent’s house, slogging for 12 hours…

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Fears for Portiuncula Hospital as consultancy unfilled

Fears have been expressed of a ‘downgrading by default’ at Portiuncula Hospital, after the HSE failed to fill a consultant’s post after a vacancy of more than a year-and-a-half. Independent Deputy Denis Naughten told said a decision in recent months by a consultant geriatrician not to take up the post “does not augur well” for…

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Farmers warn against CPOs for greenway cycle route

A WESTERN farm leader has expressed ‘serious concerns’ about the acquisition of land for the proposed Galway to Athlone Greenway cycle route stressing that ‘consultation and co-operation is the only route to go’. Connacht IFA Regional Chairman, Tom Turley, told the Connacht Tribune that the CPO (compulsory purchase order) process should not be used to…

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Family of Galwayman insist death not suicide

Three heartbroken members of a South East Galway family have spoken of the loss of their brother nearly four years ago in German . . . and insist he did not die by suicide. They believe he was murdered; the authorities there say otherwise and the Government here are not listening to their compelling case,…

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End of the line for Cappataggle PO

It will be the end of an era in two months’ time when the Cappataggle Post Office closes its doors for the last time. An Post confirmed this week that the Post Office at Cappataggle will be closed on December 31 and that customers can opt to be serviced at New Inn or Kilconnell. The…

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Galway councils don’t practice what they preach

Two bodies tasked with encouraging large Galway employers to devise workplace travel plans for workers, don’t practice what they preach. Galway City Council and Galway County Council have both admitted that they do not have workplace travel plans or mobility management plans in place. This is despite the fact that two local authorities have been…

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COPE makes urgent housing fund plea

A desperate plea has been made to the Government for a substantial funding allocation for social housing in Galway – at least a dozen people are sleeping rough on the city’s streets and almost 70 more are in crisis accommodation. Local social services charity COPE Galway said investment in social housing here is essential if…

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