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50 city locations identified as hotspots in litter management plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 50 locations have been identified as litter or dumping ‘hotspots’ throughout the city.

The figure was contained in the draft litter management plan up to 2022 which was presented at City Hall this week.

The plan states that in 2019, signage detailing fines will be erected at the selected locations to deter such dumping.

Councillor Frank Fahy argued signage is not effective and urged officials to use the money for covert cameras.

However officials advised covert CCTV is not possible due to recent GDPR legislation.

The meeting heard 182 fines were issued in 2016, 185 in 2017 and 209 in 2018.

In 2016, of the 3 cases pursued, 2 went to court with convictions achieved.

In 2018, 5 cases were pursued with 4 going to court and 3 convictions achieved.

Officials have vowed to tackle rogue waste collectors as part of the plan.

Senior Engineer Carmel Kilcoyne says the public’s assistance is vital as part of this process, tune in to The News@1 for Galway to hear her…

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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