City official defends future flood defences at Leisureland
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city official has defended the future flood defences of the Leisureland complex.
Director of Services Tom Connell brought a report on the Salthill flood damaged amenity to a special meeting at City Hall last evening.
The Director detailed flood defence measures such as the development of an earth mound on Rockbarton Road and the provision of flood gates across the pedestrian access along the Prom.
Independent Cllr Catherine Connolly questioned if flood defences would be sufficient and if a pumping system would be put in place for any future events.
Sinn Fein Cllr Cathal O’Conchuir queried where water run off would go if flood gates are installed across the pedestrian access at the prom raising concerns for nearby residential areas.
Mr Connell said such water can be managed and will be dispersed without causing issue in other locations.
He said there is no pumping system in place but that under the emergency plan, that option will be examined.
Fine Gael Cllr Padraig Conneely argued that a better business approach was needed based on a report which, he claimed, found the facility had a more ‘civil service’ approach.
Labour Cllr Billy Cameron shared this management concern and queried why it couldn’t be run in a similar basis to the Town Hall or the Black Box.
He said a new vision was needed to bring it back to the standard it had when it initially opened over 40 years ago.
Members were also advised that there is money outstanding from the former operators of the amusement park after the query was tabled by Fine Gael Cllr Pearce Flannery.
Director Connell conceded this was being pursued through the relevant channels.
The final target date for the completion of all rehabilation works is early Decemeber.
Detailed costings could not be provided as the insurance claim is being processed.
Motorcyclist seriously injured in Road Traffic Collision outside Craughwell
Gardai investigations are ongoing following a serious road traffic collision outside Craughwell this afternoon.
Emergency services attended the scene of the single-vehicle collision on the N6 on the Galway side of Craughwell this afternoon at approximately 3pm.
A male motorcyclist was seriously injured and removed from the scene to University Hospital Galway.
Investigations are ongoing.
MEP says that Ireland must introduce a specific mental health strategy to address what is a “Silent Pandemic”
Ireland must introduce a specific mental health strategy to address the silent pandemic that is casting a shadow across the farming community in rural Ireland.
That was the message delivered by Midlands-North-West MEP Maria Walsh, when she hosted an event in Brussels this week with her EPP colleagues.
As part of EU Mental Health Week, the Fine Gael MEP hosted the event with the Belgian MEP, focussing on mental health and suicide prevention within the farming community.
As part of the event, As part of the event, MEP Walsh invited representatives from UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science, and from the School of Psychology, to share their research and they highlighted the frightening reality that 25% of Irish farmers are at risk of suicide.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon, MEP Walsh said that it was a terrifying statistic.
Clifden RNLI appeals for people to be careful out at sea following two callouts in 24 hours
Clifden RNLI is advising people to be careful when out on the sea this weekend and throughout the summer.
Volunteer Crews were called out twice in the last 24 hours.
First to tow a broken-down boat with two people on board to safety yesterday evening and again at midnight to a medivac from Inishbofin.
At 6.45pm. Clifden’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to assist a boat that had broken down.
The crew launched Joyce King in beautiful sunny conditions, helmed by David Barry with crew James Mullen, Joseph Acton and Brian Ward.
They were assisted in launching by Neil Gallery and John Brendan Mannion on shore.
The second call-out came at midnight,
Clifden’s all-weather lifeboat St Christopher was tasked to medivac an injured person from Inishbofin.
The casualty had sustained a head injury from a fall.
The lifeboat slipped her moorings under the command of James Mullen, (Coxswain), with John Mullen, Joseph Acton, Dan Whelan and Neil Gallery as crew.
Lifeboat Operations Manager John Brittain has this advice for everyone who is planning on using the water this weekend.