Date Published: 15-May-2012
Galway City Council says it’s doing everything in its power to control wandering horses across Galway.
Several councillors claim current legislation used by city officials does not go far enough to control the problem.
20 horses have been impounded so far this year, while up to 100 were impounded last year at an estimated cost of 100 thousand euro.
At a recent meeting of the Environment SPC it was agreed that the ‘animals Act 1985’ was sufficient to deal with the control of animals.
However, at last evenings council meeting, Councillor Frank Fahy said the fact that the committee had decided to stick with the current status quo was ‘ludicrous’.
Councillor Terry O’ Flaherty added that updated legislation-the 96 control of horses act should be introduced, and that chipping animals should be seriously considered.
Councillor Catherine Connolly said that while they can’t have horses roaming in green areas, imposing a new act would impose a new layer of beuracracy and city council simply did not have the staff.
Councillor Donal Lyons said that the council had to get real and not introduce new measures if they couldn’t be implemented.
Speaking on Galway Talks- Kevin Swift says the real problem is cost, and some horse owners simply don’t have the money to deal with the matter.
The issue is expected to be raised at future meetings of Galway city council.
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.