Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Funding of €600,000 has been provided to Galway City Council to reduce water loss in the urban area by identifying the exact locations of leaks in the system.
Work on the project, which will cause water outages at locations throughout the city over the next nine months, is to begin in the next fortnight.
The project involves dividing the city network into 80 district metre areas to allow staff at the Terryland Water Works to pin-point the exact locations of leaks in the system.
Work on the water conservation project began last year and the €600,000 in funding announced this week will allow the successful tender, Shareridge Limited, to extend it throughout the city.
“This funding commitment will allow water quantities to be measured at key points around the network,” said Labour TD Derek Nolan, who welcomed the funding.
“The work that will be carried out under the plan will help locate and stop leaks that are costing the Council thousands of euros every year. This is a significant investment and, crucially, it will reduce water bills for hard-pressed businesses.”
The project will allow the City Council to prioritise sections of the network that may need replacement or rehabilitation, while it will also help to identify leaks within premises which could be costing businesses thousands in water charges.
See full story in this week’s Sentinel.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.