Date Published: 26-Jun-2012
A two month amnesty period is needed in Galway to microchip all horses and take unwanted strays out of the system through an organised cull.
That’s according to Cllr Gerry Finnerty who called on the Department of Agriculture to take the lead in tackling the growing animal welfare problem in both the city and county.
Two department officials addressed county council members last evening [Jun 25] on the relevant powers available under the Control of Horses Act 1996 and the process of equine identification.
These include Section 47 of the Act which allows for exclusion areas to be applied and Section 37 which allows authorised persons to seize of detain stray horses.
Cllr Jim Cuddy said the legislation is not sufficient to tackle the Galway problem as once a registered horse is sold on, there is no traceability of subsequent owners.
Cllr Dermot Connolly supported the call for an amnesty period for cull or slaughter as did Cllr Michael Connolly who stressed that hungry animals see no fences and are causing huge safety concerns.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Cllr Gerry Finnerty says the many strays and starving horses found across the county are being considered as waste and must be taken out of the system or chipped by their rightful owners
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.