A local councillor has demanded the immediate removal of “dirty fly-infested” seaweed left strewn around on the sunbathing area at Ballyloughane Beach.
Cllr Terry O’Flaherty said that while litter is removed daily from the beach area, the seaweed – which is left lying there for long periods – is unsightly and during the warm weather can cause a foul stench.
“Hundreds of people use the facility, as this is the only beach on the east side of the city, therefore it should require more attention.
“I am aware that funding and lack of resources is a major problem with the City Council — but when it comes to Salthill, Grattan Road and Silver Strand, there appears to be no problem to keep those beaches in good clean condition.”
Cllr O’Flaherty said that her recent appeals to remove the dirty seaweed which is filled with weeds particularly from the sunbathing area, had been ignored.
“I have sent emails and made several phone calls to the City Council regarding the seaweed but it is still not cleared. It’s the same every year I have to make numerous appeals to have the seaweed cleared, this should automatically be on a schedule for cleaning.
“It is very unfair that this area is not receiving the same treatment as the three other beaches throughout the city.
“Dogs and horses fouling in the Ballyloughane Beach area is rampant and the owners of these animals should be more responsible.
“They should be prepared to clean up after they foul, it should not be left to others to clean the mess they leave behind them.
“The bye-law to ban dogs using the beach area during the day is nothing short of a joke due to lack of enforcement. It is pointless introducing bye-laws if they are not going to be enforced,” said Cllr O’Flaherty.
Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.
The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.
Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.
“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.
“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.
Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.
Three refused bail on violent disorder charges
Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.
Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.
Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.
An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.
Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.
Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.
Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.