Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
Late night buskers will no longer deprive city centre residents of a night’s sleep after Galway City Council adopted new byelaws to limit the hours in which street performances can take place last night.
Councillors unanimously agreed to back the byelaws which will make it an offence for street performers to make noise after 11pm at night during the summer months and after 10pm from November to February.
But last night’s meeting of the local authority heard that seven of the nine submissions made in relation to the proposed byelaws related to the nuisance caused by street performers during the day, and not just late night noise.
A number of Councillors expressed concern that musicians were using amplification during the day which caused a huge nuisance to office and shop workers.
Director of Services Kevin Swift said that the Council had examined byelaws in other cities and decided that the “simplest thing” was to prohibit performances between certain periods.
He said that the submissions received while the new regulations were being drafted showed that there was huge concern among business about amplification “at all times” and not just late at night.
Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) said it was clear that the issue of amplification needed to be dealt with when so many of the submissions dealt with the matter.
“I was in town one Saturday recently and, my God, it drove me out of the city,” she said. “A Garda told me that there was nothing he could do about it. I must stress that I am not against busking, but I am against amplification.”
Cllr Catherine Connolly (Ind) said the proposed byelaws came from city residents themselves and she suggested earlier ‘curfew’ times of 10pm (winter) and 11pm (summer), rather than the draft proposals of 11 pm and midnight, which were unanimously accepted by her colleagues.
She said the issue of amplification was the next one which would have to be dealt with by the Council’s Environmental Special Policy Committee.
“People working in offices have difficulties with buskers who have one tune,” said Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind). “The business community are raising this with our wardens day in, day out.”
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.