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50 expressions of interest for refurb of Ballinasloe Town Hall

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Up to 50 expressions of interest have been received for a project involving the refurbishment of Ballinasloe Town Hall.

Works include replacing the roof on the protected structure as well as remedial works inside using conservation approved techniques.

The building was originally constructed in 1848 as a banqueting hall in conjunction with Ballinasloe Horse Fair.

It was built by the Royal Agricultural Society.

The 50 expressions of interest will not be assessed as part of a pre-qualification process.

The project will then go out to tender again at the end of next month.

It’s hoped works can commence at the beginning of April.

The building is now largely used as a performing arts centre.

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City Council defends issuing of zero fines for dog fouling last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has moved to defend the fact it issued no fines for dog fouling last year.

It was one of several local authorities nationwide who failed to issue fines – but it points out that it has achieved significant reductions in dog fouling through other initiatives.

Dog poo – for many, a blight on the landscape all too commonly found abandoned on our streets, footpaths, amenity areas and green spaces.

And if you don’t pick up after your dog, you can face an on the spot fine of €150.

But in Galway City, there wasn’t a single fine issued last year.

The county fared little better, with just two fines issued by Galway County Council.

Galway City Council says it should be noted that litter fines for dog fouling are hard to issue, because the warden has to catch the dog in the act.

It adds it’s also difficult to get details of the person responsible for the dog.

But it does point to the successful rollout of the “Clean It Up, You Dirty Pup” campaign last June at various locations across Galway City.

The initiative, which worked closely with local communities, led to a reduction of 60 percent in dog fouling in 5 trial areas over a 6 week period.

Image by Adriano Gadini from Pixabay

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Garda appeal over office furniture dumped and burned in Castlegar

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are appealing for information after a large haul of office furniture was dumped and burned in Castlegar.

The incident took place at Ballintemple/Brocklagh during Race Week between the 25th and the 31st of July.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí or Galway County Council Waste Management.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Garda Marcus Flynn has this advice for anyone who has doubts about waste management contractors.

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Local activist says safer streets not just about cyclists

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local activist says it’s vital that we realise that making the streets of Galway safer is for the benefit of everyone – and not just cyclists.

Grainne Faller has been speaking to Galway Talks amid renewed debate on cycling infrastructure sparked by an Irish Times article that went viral.

It was critical of the “glacial pace” of progress by Galway City Council compared to other cities across Ireland.

Grainne is the organiser of the Sundays4Safety events, which is calling for action on some of the more dangerous locations in the city’s road network.

She became emotional as she described how her worries for her young son have driven her campaign.

Photo – Grainne Faller Twitter

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