Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seven Galway beaches have retained their blue flag status, awarded for bathing water quality, safety, and facilities
An Taisce has awarded 80 blue flags to beaches and marinas around the country
In the city, Salthill and Silverstand beaches have retained their Blue Flag awards.
In the county, five beaches have retained their status- Traught beach, Cill Mhuirbhigh, Loughrea, Tra an Doilin and Tra Mhor, Indreabhan.
In addition, Galway locations have secured 8 Green Coast Awards.
Salthill, Silverstand, Aillebrack, Dumhach, East End Inisbofin, Renvyle, Trá Inis Oirr and Trá na gCaorach, Inis Oirr were among 54 amenities nationwide to secure the status.
Dog’s Bay lost its Green Coast Award due to considerable infrastructural damage at the beach as a result of storm damage.
While Trá gCaorach on Inis Oirr has received a Green Coast Award for the first time.
The Green Coast Award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.
Nationally, five beaches at Bertra and Mulranny in Mayo, Rossbeigh in Kerry and Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point in Clare all lost out, because they were damaged during Spring storms.
Meanwhile, 4 beaches in north Co. Dublin regained their Blue Flags – Portmarnock, Portrane, Donabate and Skerries South Beach.
Similarly, Morriscastle in Wexford and North Ballybunion in Kerry regained their flags, while in Waterford, 2 blue flags were regained for Councellors Strand and Dunmore Strand.
Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.