Galway Bay fm newsroom – 23 turfcutters who own raised Galway bogs have been accommodated at other sites for this year’s turf cutting season.
Cutting is restricted in these areas due to an EU Habitats Directive.
The group who own boglands at Carrownagappul and Curraghlehanagh have been provided with sites at the Islands bog and Killasolan bog.
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has also provided seven turfcutters from Monivea bog with an option to relocate.
A spokesperson for the Department says a relocation site has also been assessed as suitable for turfcutters from Ardraigue.
Efforts are now ongoing to ascertain the level of interest in moving to this site.
Cutting is restricted at 12 Galway raised bog complexes.
The legislation imposes restrictions on 53 bogs nationwide, which are designated Special Areas of Conservation.
UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.
47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.
Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.
Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.
Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.
Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.
Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.
Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.
It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….
Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.
The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.
In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.
Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.