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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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Three Galway names on latest tax defaulters list

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three Galway names on the latest tax defaulters list, published by Revenue for the first quarter of the year

The top Galway settlement of just over 155 thousand euro was made by medical consultant Sultan Sherif Abdel Hanid

The consultant with an address at Corcullen, Bushypark, made the settlement in a revenue audit case for under-declaration of income tax

The next Galway settlement involved offshore cementer Alan Killeen of Carragh Hill in Salthill

Mr Killeen made a settlement of just under 49 thousand euro in a revenue enquiry case for non-declaration of income tax

The third Galway settlement was made by retired employee Brian D Place of Cregboy, Claregalway

Mr Place paid just over 42 thousand euro in a revenue enquiry case for non-declaration of Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax

Nationally, the top tax settlement of 11.7 million euro was made by a motor vehicle dealer from Offaly

James Joseph Daly, of Grays Meadow Cloghan topped the list of 30 cases on the Tax Defaulters list

A business based in North Dublin has made a tax settlement of just over 4 million euro

Oshima Ireland Limited, a precision metal component manufacturer, based at Woodford Business Park in Santry made the settlement

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Seanad hears multinationals in Galway concerned over travel restrictions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad has heard that multinationals in Galway are concerned over the Government’s Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The matter was raised by Senator Sean Kyne, who said there’s a clear feeling among senior management that Ireland is being left behind.

He noted that many competitor countries are back operating international travel, immediately putting Galway at a disadvantage.

He further pointed out that many local businesses, healthcare facilities and third level institutions are also heavily reliant on international connectivity.

Citing the concerns of Galway-based multinationals, Senator Kyne argued an urgent debate is now needed – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Concerns over dangerous state of roads between Tuam and Ballymoe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised over the dangerous state of the roads between Tuam and Ballymoe.

The issue was raised at a meeting of the Ballinasloe municipal district by Councillor Declan Geraghty.

He pointed out there’s a number of stretches in a particularly terrible condition, such as between Dunmore and Williamstown.

Councillor Geraghty said as someone who drives a truck on those roads, “the wheel would nearly be whipped out of your hands” at times.

Councillor Dermot Connolly agreed and said if Councillor Geraghty thought it a bad experience in a truck, he should try it in a basic tractor.

It was acknowledged that some of the poor surface conditions are due to pipe-laying works as part of the project to bring water from Lough Mask to Williamstown.

Councillor Geraghty believes there is an urgent need for works – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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