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Bid book producer: “2020 cannot be delivered as planned”



Galway Bay fm newsroom – A producer of the bid book that secured the Capital of Culture title for Galway says the 2020 project cannot be delivered as originally envisioned.
Petal Pilley, Director of the Blue Teapot Theatre Company, was among those in attendance at a high-level meeting held last evening on the project.
She’s describing the event – held between cultural organisations involved in the project and the CEO’s of Galway’s local authorities – as ‘constructive’.
However, she feels it’s not possible to deliver the project as outlined in the bid-book due to widely reported funding cuts.
Ms. Pilley does believe last evening’s meeting is a positive step forward.

At the meeting between the Galway 2020 bid book producers and the Chief Executives of Galway City and County Councils, the following statement was agreed: “The bid book producers called the meeting to address a number of concerns. The meeting was very constructive and positive. We impressed the urgency of key matters. We’re satisfied that the matters raised were understood and it was acknowledged that some were already under consideration. We have made a number of recommendations to the Chief Executives of Galway City and County Councils and they have committed to bringing these back to the board as a matter of urgency.

“We’re awaiting the outcome of the board’s discussion of those recommendations and they’ve agreed to further engage with us shortly.
The recommendations made were as follows:

  • Renew their partnership with the bid book producers
  • Utilise the existing expertise within the bid book to develop rapid, effective solutions
  • Work collectively with the group to renew the 2020 vision and programme
  • Address reduced artistic spend, the funding mechanism and cashflow management
  • Address communication concerns
  • Fill existing vacancies at board level with skilled and responsible leadership
    “The group welcomed the appointment of Patricia Philbin as CEO of Galway 2020 and look forward to working collaboratively with her.
    “The bid book producers and Galway 2020 are committed to working together in a collaborative approach to renew and reinvigorate the 2020 vision and programme. This however will need to be done within the confines of a reduced artistic spend.”

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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