Galway Bay fm newsroom – A county councillor has raised concerns about the organised nature of recent rural burglaries.
Athenry/Oranmore councillor James Charity says in a recent case in his area, broadband cables were cut before accessing a commercial property.
He described it as a ‘very professional job’ with cables cut at cabinets some distance away.
The Independent councillor says access to rural towns and villages has also become much easier with motorway networks.
Latest Garda figures show a 51% increase in burglaries.
Garda Superintendent Damien Flanagan says burglaries involve both professional outfits and opportunists.
He said the professional outfits tend to target bigger commercial premises, while opportunists tend to target houses.
Councillor Charity says rural areas need more support from such organised crime – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
Galway among Europe’s top 10 cities for raising a family
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city has been revealed as one of Europe’s top 10 cities for raising children.
According to a study by e-learning platform Preply, Galway ranks 6th on the list.
Galway was one of over 130 European cities analysed across three categories- Education, Heath and Safety, and Leisure and Lifestyle.
Galway scored high in ‘Leisure and Lifestyle’ with a good ratio of green spaces and sports centres.
Other Irish cities featured in the study included Limerick city ranking among Europe’s top 30.
Meanwhile, Dublin placed 66th overall.
Galway city also ranked as Europe’s 7th best for air quality.
Galway County Council now lowest ranking local authority in Ireland for funding
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is now the lowest ranking local authority in Ireland as regards funding per head of population.
Several Councillors as well as CEO Jim Cullen, expressed serious concern at this week’s council meeting in regard to the financial situation facing the local authority.
Councillor James Charity stated that Galway Council had recently been overtaken by Meath County Council in the league of State funding per capita.
That puts Galway at the very bottom of the table.
He asked if there was any news about a review of funding at the Government level promised for Galway County Council as the original deadline for a report back was approaching.
Councillor Jim Cuddy stated that his hopes for more money for Galway were deflated following the visits of Minister Éamon Ryan and Minister of State Peter Burke to Galway recently.
Neither, he said had offered any definite prospect of more money from central funds.
County Council CEOJim Cullen, said he was in constant contact with local Government officials in Dublin stressing that Galway needed a significant funding increase.
In relation to matters closer to hand, the CEO stated that local property tax levels within County Galway have to be reviewed and that has to be taken very seriously this time, in the bigger picture.
Concern over public access to county beaches and waterways
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Galway County Council has heard concerns over public access to a number of beaches and waterways.
Questions were also raised about the amount of money being made available for repairs and maintenance work on piers.
An absence of clarity about public access to the seashore is a thorny subject for years.
So stated Councillor Tomás Ó Curraoin from Bearna at last evening’s County Council meeting.
From the other side of the County, Councillor Andrew Reddington said the conditions of some slipways amount to death traps.
Galway with 244 piers was coming out badly as regards funding stated Councillor Dáithí Ó Cualáin.
Wicklow with a 24-kilometre coastline was getting €570,000 for piers – in excess of €200,000 more than Galway.
And in a more marked comparison, he stated that Donegal County Council had millions for piers. He called for an audit of piers.
Councillor Gerry King called for a priority list of piers to be drawn up for maintenance and development, and councillor Eileen Mannion proposed that at least two beach areas should have facilities for people with disabilities.
Derek Pender, Head of Infrastructure Services, told the meeting that an audit of piers would be a worthwhile exercise but that it all depended on the money in the end.