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Community task force forms in Athenry following concerns over rural crime

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A community task force has been formed in Athenry following growing concerns over rural crime.

Local Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn is leading the group which aims to prevent crime in the town and carry out neighbourhood watches.

It’s after a recent spate of burglaries and attempted break-ins in the area, as well as anti-social behaviour around the train station and children’s playground.

The newly-formed group is calling for more Gardai on the ground in Athenry with at least 2 Garda Vehicles stationed there, as well as more CCTV around the town.

The group is made up of local activists including those who have been directly affected by crime or anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says she’s also reached out to the Gardai to get involved.

She says locals have had enough – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Galway TD hits out at voting procedures for island communities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A bill allowing people on island communities to vote on the same day as those on the mainland will not be passed before next month’s general election.

That’s according to Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv, who has hit out at the Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy for not progressing the bill in time.

The Electoral Bill 2014 was proposed by Deputy O Cuiv, and following a discussion with Minister Murphy, it was agreed that the Minister would draft some amendments to the bill to progress it more efficiently.

According to Deputy O Cuiv the amendments were never produced, however, and the bill could not pass as a result.

The general election polling day for all off-shore islands, including those in Galway, will be Friday the 7th of February – a day before the rest of the country.

Deputy O Cuiv says he is very frustrated by the whole situation.

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Planning permission refused for controversial biogas plant near Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a controversial biogas plant near Gort have been turned down.

The plan was led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited and would have been located in the townlands of Ballynamantan, Kinincha and Glenbrack.

In January of last year, an application to develop a biogas plant on a 10 hectare site around 1km from Gort was withdrawn by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited.

A second application was submitted in November for the plant, which would utilise anaerobic digestion technology to produce renewable energy and organic fertiliser.

Both proposals encountered significant opposition from the local community regarding its location and the potential impact on the environment.

County planners have now refused permission for the project citing a number of factors in the decision.

For more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 5.

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Study finds shape and landscape of Galway suitable for rail system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new maths-based report has determined that the shape of Galway City makes the creation of a light rail system more feasible.

The study was carried out at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.

It examined the role of geometric information in determining the utility of a small urban light rail or tram system.

It found the rectangular shape of Galway City – which is three times longer than it is wide – makes such a system more feasible than in many other cities, particularly those which are circular in shape.

However, the assessment is offered from a scientific point of view, and is not a study on the sustainability or overall viability of a rail system for Galway.

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