Call on City Council to survey trees at risk of falling

An uprooted tree on Glenard Road, Salthill.

A call for a full inspection of all mature trees located in public areas throughout the city, to ensure they pose no threat to people’s safety, has been made by City Councillor Declan McDonnell.

The independent councillor made the call in the wake of Storm Ali, which resulted in numerous trees around the city being uprooted or damaged.

“I want to make sure that all the remaining trees are safe — it’s only the start of the storm season and there will no doubt be many more before the winter is out.

“That’s why I feel now is the time for Galway City Council to undertake a complete audit of the trees to make sure that they don’t pose any threat to people’s safety in the event of more storms.”

Councillor McDonnell said that Galway had witnessed the kind of damage that could be done, when the first storm of the winter saw trees down all over the city, and several more losing large branches.

“Thank God no-one was seriously injured or worse —though one of those trees fell on the roof of a house in Lios na Rún in Ballybane.”
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