Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fine Gael’s newest councillor for the Loughrea district Joe Byrne has hit out at a recent decision to ban campervans from parking overnight in Kinvara.
Joe Byrne says the order is disappointing and sends out the wrong message from a town situated along the Wild Atlantic Way.
At Loughrea Municipal District’s first meeting this week, District Manager Jim Cullen told members a prohibition order had been made concerning such temporary dwellings.
Cllr Joe Byrne said it was a ‘very hot’ subject in Kinvara which prevents such visitors from helping the local tourist sector.
Fianna Fail Cllr Gerry Finnerty said while most towns are empty, Kinvara has people pulling in in campervans regularly.
He said he was aware of concerns about the way they do their business, however as there was now a ministerial order, there was no room for further discussion.
Cllr Michael Fahy suggested a public carpark is needed in the town centre.
However Joe Byrne said there is no quick fix for Kinvara and that while a carpark should be considered as part of the ‘end game’, a sewage scheme must first be prioritised.
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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.
52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.
An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.
The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.
More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.
The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.
In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.
The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.