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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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EPA report lists five water bodies in Galway with poor ecological status

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Five surface water bodies in county Galway have been given a poor classification for pollution.

Based on data collected between 2013 and 2018, the EPA’s Integrated Assessment report has classified the rivers and lakes in question as having a bad ecological status.

The water bodies include the Kilcolgan river, the Owenriff River in Oughterard, Ballyquirke Lough in Moycullen, Lough Alewnaghta on the Galway to Clare border and the Rinncarna Pools near Ballindereen.

According to the report, the ‘bad’ classification means these water bodies are being severely damaged by pollution and other human disturbances – to the extent it prevents them from supporting most types of aquatic life.

Nationally the EPA has found the number of very clean rivers in Ireland has decreased by 96 per cent over the past 30 years.

Dr Jonathan Derham, from the EPA, says 90 per cent of our energy is generated by fossil fuels – which is causing pollution.

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Minister to investigate exclusion of Galway council tenants from insulation scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Finance Minister is set to investigate the exclusion of Galway council tenants from a home insulation scheme.

That’s according to Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten who has raised the issue with Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Dáil.

According to Deputy Naughten the new Midland Home Retrofit Scheme is not insulating council houses that are in rural parts of Galway or are in housing estates exclusively owned by the local authority.

In response Minister Donohoe said he would follow-up the matter, adding he could not see why retrofitting, and spending, by the local authority should be dependent on the housing estate in which the homes are located.

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Public health emergency team to meet over exit plan for Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NPHET will meet this morning to consider how the country should exit Level 5 restrictions next week.

The meeting is taking place a day earlier than usual, with Cabinet set to consider its recommendations ahead of an announcement tomorrow or Friday.

It’s expected Ireland will move to a modified Level 3 next week with retail reopening – however, hotels and restaurants will be later in the month, and wet pubs will stay closed.

226 new cases of the virus were confirmed last evening – this includes six new cases which were notified for Galway.

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said a third lockdown may be needed in January because of celebrations over Christmas.

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