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Council goes full circle on Kirwan Roundabout

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The Kirwan roundabout on the Headford Road, which Galway City Council is once again attempting to remove.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s Galway City Council’s policy on Kirwan Roundabout. Or, if at first you don’t succeed, do nothing for five years, then come back with the same plan, and hope that nobody notices, and if they do, just ignore them anyway. That’s what’s happened here.

Basically, it’s the Council’s way or the highway.

In 2012, people power helped city councillors to unanimously reject the proposal to turn the five-arm roundabout junction into a four-armed traffic lights junction.

It was rejected because locals – residents and businesses – didn’t support it.

Councillors who initially warmed to the idea of removing the roundabout baulked after an intense lobbying campaign and performed a u-turn.

Now, five years later, they’ve gone full-circle, performed another u-turn and voted to remove the roundabout they voted to keep five years ago.

This is despite the Kirwan Action Group garnering 1,360 signatures from locals opposed to the 2017-version of the same proposal.

Clearly, the opposition hasn’t gone away. Residents, in fairness, do not oppose signalisation as such. Residents oppose what they call the ‘flawed’ design of the Council’s preferred option, which diverts the Coolagh Road onto the N84 Headford Road, north-east of the existing junction. They are also angry that Kirwan is being considered in isolation to the city’s overall traffic woes.

If it was wrong to remove the roundabout five years ago, it remains wrong today.

Those councillors who changed their minds in the past five years, and who voted in 2012 to keep the roundabout, and who have now voted to remove it, have a bit of explaining to do.

Because if removing the roundabout is the right thing to do now, it was the correct course of action five years ago.

If that is the case, motorists suffered five additional years of hardship at that junction because the people elected to make decisions for the public good were too spineless or too indecisive to do the right thing. And they wonder why you’re cynical.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

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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 . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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 . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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