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Call to demolish eyesore buildings – and hit owners with costs

Declan Tierney

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Ballinasloe continues to improve its Tidy Towns marks year-on-year – but one local Councillor fears that future progress will be stymied by the number of derelict sites and buildings in the town.

And Cllr Dermot Connolly urged Galway County Council to knock buildings that have fallen into a serious state of disrepair – and levy the cost of this against the owner.

Senior Engineer Fran McEvoy told a meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council that the marks that the town had received in the Tidy Towns Competition had improved again and that this was to be welcomed.

He said that there had been year on year improvements in the Tidy Towns performance as far as Ballinasloe was concerned and paid tribute to the voluntary organisations and Council staff who made this happen.

While Cllr Connolly welcomed the improved performance, he expressed concern over the number of derelict sites in Ballinasloe and some of there were in Council ownership.

There were also a lot of private derelict sites and houses in which the owners did not ‘give two hoots’ about the impact they were having on neighbouring properties.

The Sinn Fein councillor said that it was not acceptable for residents to be living beside empty and rundown properties that regularly attract vermin.

Cllr Connolly is advocating that the Council take ownership of there long-term derelict sites and properties and either knock them or refurbish them for their own use.

“These are eyesores in our town and it is not acceptable. We have to determine what powers we have in terms of taking ownership of these properties,” Cllr Dermot Connolly added.

Meanwhile, Cllr Michael Connolly believes that these derelict and rundown properties should be knocked down by the council and that the cost of this be charged to the estate of the owners.

“Some of these houses may have been destroyed by fire in the past and just left there without any regard for those living next door. We cannot tolerate this anymore.

“The Council have to be proactive and come to terms with this situation and if they have to knock them down, so be it and there is a facility there to recoup the costs,” the Fianna Fail councillor added.

Cllr Connolly said that the number of derelict houses was also a problem in both Ahascragh and on towards Tuam.

Director of Services Alan Farrell said that it was not a lack of desire on the part of the Council to address the issue of derelict sites but the local authority has difficulties with regard a lack of staff and finance at the moment.

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

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Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

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An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

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Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

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Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

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