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300 thousand euro to seize horses in the county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Around 300 thousand euro has been spent in the county so far this year on seizing horses.

That’s according to Director of Services with the County Council, Eugene Cummins, who presented figures to the Joint Policing Committee meeting.

He said that a contractor, employed by the Council to seize horses, has been paid almost 213 thousand euro.

However there are additional costs, including Council staffing and veterinary costs, which would bring the total up to around 300 thousand euro.

Director Cummins said the costs are not sustainable, and while the funds are recouped from the Department, the taxpayer as a whole, cannot bear the costs longterm.

He told members of the policing committee that there are horrifying welfare issues with regard to horses on a weekly basis.

He added that the majority of reports of wandering or neglected horses are in the East of the county.

24 thousand horses were slaughtered nationally last year and 8 thousand have already been slaughtered this year.

Councillor Jimmy McClearn said that until there is a national strategy to deal with animals like stallions wandering on public land or commanges, the role of the local authority in relation to horse seizures is impossible.

Councillor Malachy Noone said that there needs to be a widespread cull of stallions but the Department of Agriculture is “not interested” as horses are not part of the food chain.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Councillor Noone says wandering horses need to be culled before they end up killing someone through collisions on busy roads.

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‘Elf Town’ to return to Galway Racecourse with 200 seasonal jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Elf Town has confirmed it’s returning to Galway this Christmas – and says it’ll create over 200 seasonal jobs.

The festive experience, which takes place at Galway Racecourse, is currently recruiting actors and event staff.

It’s billed as a magical 2 hour journey across 4 floors in 3 different buildings, including a visit with Santa.

Tickets for the event are available to book now, with shows taking place from November 23rd.

Aidan Phelan is a producer at Elf Town and outlines the jobs on offer.

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New RNLI Visitor Experience opens tomorrow on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy the new RNLI Visitor Experience on Inis Mór from Saturday 1st October.

The attraction is located in the boathall of the Aran Islands lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, which also hosts a new shop to raise funds for the charity.

The experience will explore 175 years of the RNLI’s history, include images, milestones, awards and rescue stories.

Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Michael Hernon, says the funds raised are vital:

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Demand for action on anti-social behavior at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demand has been made for action on anti-social behavior at the gates of Merlin Park Hospital.

Raising the matter at a meeting of the Health Forum West this week, Councillor Declan McDonnell said the old morgue is being used as a congegrating ground.

He said the issue is going on years – but there’s been little done – including an alleged lack of response from Gardaí.

The HSE executive accepted it has been an issue and said measures had been taken – but it will now look into further action.

Councillor McDonnell says its past time that something was done.

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