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Call for bye-laws to prevent early morning bin collections

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Bin men up at the crack of dawn are driving residents in city estates cracked!

Morning bin collections are waking up city residents too early and late night collections are disturbing young children and those who go to bed early, it was claimed yesterday.

Labour Party City Councillor, Niall McNelis, said bye-laws or guidelines need to be introduced to regulate the times of when bin companies can collect in Galway City.

He claimed bin trucks are visiting estates as early as 6am, and as late as 11.30pm, which is generating unease among sleepers.

“A compromise is needed,” said Cllr McNelis.

“I’ve had a large number of calls about bin collections going into estates very early in the morning and also late at night.  Some estates have up to five trucks coming in one after another. You have three private bin companies, and two of them send in two different trucks to collect the different coloured bins. It really can be a noise nuisance, especially for night workers coming off late shifts who are trying to sleep and for children, 6am is too early and 11.30pm is too late,” he said.

Cllr McNelis has discussed the issue with City Councillor Terry O’Flaherty, chair of the Environment SPC, and she has agreed to put it on the agenda of the next meeting.

“We need bye-laws to regulate this. I acknowledge that competition has resulted in better prices for bin collection but it is to the detriment of the service. Collections need to be carried out at reasonable times of the day, not too early or too late which is impacting on residents’ ability to sleep,” he said.

Cllr McNelis, a businessman, says that the reverse is true for city centre businesses, and he wants collections for commercial premises to be carried out later in the evening, rather than early morning.

“Most shops in the city centre are open from 8am or 9am to 6pm or 7pm. But the collections are carried out early in the morning when businesses are closed. For a trial period, the bin collections for businesses should take place in the evenings, maybe from 7pm to 10pm, so that businesses can put their rubbish out when they are closing. The estates should be done earlier and the businesses should be later,” he said.

Cllr McNelis claims that some city centre residents – particular large apartment blocks – may be dodging bin charges. “There is some evidence to suggest that street litter bins are being used by residents to dispose of their domestic waste. Now I know the litter warden is doing his best to tackle this but it is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed,” he said.

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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain

The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir

The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete

Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.

Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.

Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

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Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.

It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.

Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.

Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.

“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.

He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.

Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.

In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.

“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.

(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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