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Absence of key men leaves Connacht facing huge task

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The fit-again Peter Robb who could return to the centre for Connacht's European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Leicester Tigers on Saturday night.

By Rob Murphy

EUROPEAN rugby returns this weekend after a disrupted campaign and Connacht find themselves in a new-look Challenge Cup with a last 16 knockout tie against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday, kicking off at 8pm. If they can upset the odds and win that game, a home quarter final awaits but outside of the Sportsground, very few people will be expecting anything other than a home win.

Highlighting the pessimism isn’t meant to be a knock on the men in green, it’s just the reality of circumstances. Leicester are on the up in terms of form while Connacht have lost three on the bounce and will be without their captain Jarrad Butler and two prominent internationals in Bundee Aki and Quinn Roux. Those names are etched into team sheet templates for knockout cup games like this. Andy Friend acknowledged as much during the week.

“Leicester are a very good side, one thing in our favour is our away form has been good this year, but this is knockout rugby and they are a team that have really found some very good form, so it’s a different challenge. It’s fair to say that those three players would certainly be featuring you would imagine, but over the last three years we’ve been building a quality squad for players to step in when this happens, so I’m excited by the team we can select.” said Friend.

A win is not impossible that’s for sure, but even at full strength, Connacht would be looking to buck a bad trend when it comes to competitive games in England. Away wins there are like hen’s teeth, you have to go back to 2010 for the last one away to Worcester. Exciting performances and gripping passages of play have been plentiful, but the ability to turn that into headline grabbing results has proven beyond sides from the west under a multitude of different coaching teams.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island

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Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.

A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.

Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.

It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.

Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.

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Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.

Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.

It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.

In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.

In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”

It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.

“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.

“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”

Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.

The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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‘Detractors’ could hold up €10m Spanish Arch flood defence scheme

Enda Cunningham

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has warned that the Office of Public Works and Galway City Council “may end up in the High Court” if they attempt to expedite plans for the €10 million flood defence scheme for the Spanish Arch and Docks areas.

Speaking at an Oireachtas Finance Committee meeting last week, the Minister for the Office of Public Works admitted his frustration at the length of time such projects take.

But he said that if he and the OPW attempted to “shave off time” in moving the project forwards, they would have to be mindful of “detractors” making accusations later and there being a legal challenge.

He was responding to Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell, who said it was likely to be 2028 before the flood prevention works would be completed.

“It was revealed in November that it will be at least eight years before long-awaited flood defences are completed in the Spanish Arch and Docks areas – with the City Council estimating that it will be towards the end of 2028 before works conclude,” said Deputy Farrell.

Minister O’Donovan said: “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that.”

(Photo: Flood Street in February 2014. Spanish Arch, Fishmarket Square and the Docks areas were flooded in storm weather during high tide. PHOTO BY JOE O’SHAUGHNESSY)
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