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Could Saolta claim squatters’ rights at Shantalla helipad?

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Bradley Bytes – a sort of political column with Dara Bradley

This November will mark the ninth anniversary of when the Saolta University Hospital Group gave a commitment to the people of Shantalla about public land it borrowed.

Tony Canavan, the then Chief Operating Officer, and now CEO of Saolta, said that the land would be used to accommodate a helipad at the rear of University Hospital Galway for six months only.

Mr Canavan has previously conceded that this promise was broken and that it was never envisaged the land would be needed for more than six months.

It’s now over eight years and so to call it a “temporary” arrangement, which is what the people were told it would be, stretches credulity.

Leaving aside the need for a helipad, which is not disputed, what nasty neighbours Saolta have proved. Why would Shantalla residents trust Saolta again?

And there is no end in sight to this saga.

In a written response to questions submitted by Deputy Mayor, Martina O’Connor (Green) at the latest HSE West Regional Health Forum, Saolta gave no indication if or when the land will be returned to the community.

Joe Hoare, Assistant National Director for HSE Capital and Estates West, said: “The options in respect of helipad facilities adjacent to University Hospital Galway, both in the immediate future and in the longer term are currently under review.

“The HSE intends to engage with Galway City Council in the coming months and put forward proposals for consideration. An update can be provided in due course.”

The neck is breathtaking.

‘Yes, we’ve held this plot of land for eight years more than we said we would but we need another few months to come up with a plan to see how we can keep it’, seems to be the attitude.

It’s going on so long now that Galway City Council would want to make sure Saolta and the HSE don’t have squatters’ rights.

If the HSE or Saolta borrowed your back garden for six months, but had not given it back eight years later, you’d have called Gardaí and/or a solicitor. But what exactly is City Council management doing about it; why so lackadaisical when it comes to public property?

(Photo: Cllr Martina O’Connor questioned Saolta’s ‘land grab’ in Shantalla)

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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