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City Council defends returning Daly art collection

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Galway city council is defending returning a collection of paintings and sculptures without the knowledge of some councillors.

The ‘Daly collection’ was given to the city council under a loan agreement in 1989, which specified the art be available for public display.

Director of services Tom Connell told councillors last evening the decision to return the 27 piece collection was regrettable but that it didn’t belong to the city council.

He also added the major issue for city council is that it doesn’t have adequate premises for their display, and doing so would have required a serious investment.

Councillor Catherine Connolly said it was ‘shocking’ that many councillors found out about the return of the collection in the national media.

A motion was later passed requesting that a delegation approach the interest director of AIB, to request Lynch’s castle in the city be given back to the people, and used as a municipal art centre.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Hildegarde Naughton explained the city needs a gallery to showcase the rich culture here in Galway.

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Cathaoirleach renews call for decisive action on dealing with control of horses at Headford Road hotspot

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – County Cathaoirleach James Charity has renewed his call for robust legislation to deal with the control of stray horses at various hotspots.

It comes as a dead foal was taken from an area of commonage or private land and dumped at the roadside adjacent to the N84.

Councillor Charity became aware of the incident on Saturday evening and it’s understood the animal is to be removed today.

The Independent councillor argues there should be a single body to have overall responsibility for dealing with such incidents and that the body requires teeth to enfore legislation.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the incidents occur at the same hotspots and without decisive action will continue.

The Cathaoirleach says animal welfare and road safety are major concerns at the N84 location and it’s time to get to grips with the situation.

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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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