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City Policing Committee supports provision of specialist cameras for water rescues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Joint Policing Committee is supporting the provision of thermal imaging cameras in the city to help with rescue efforts for people who enter the water.
Superintendent Kevin Gately and Mike Swan of Galway RNLI gave a presentation to members of the committee this week. (25/6)
They explained the necessity for thermal cameras at The Claddagh or Fisheries Tower and on the Harbour Company building at the Docks.
They explained that the location a person enters the water in the city has huge implications for where exactly they will end up.
Mike Swan, who has been with Galway Lifeboat for more than 20 years, says there is ‘golden hour’ after someone enters the water, where rescue teams have about 60 minutes to make a successful rescue.
The cost of the specialist thermal cameras is thought to be in the region of 20 thousand euro, with 5 thousand euro already allocated in the city’s annual Budget.
Several members of the JPC including Mayor Niall McNelis and Councillor Frank Fahey explained they have personal experiences of tragic loss in the water and lauded the merits of the rescue teams.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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