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Council tenants ‘riding rough-shod’ over their neighbours

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Cllr Donagh Killilea: frustration.

A number of residents in a council estate in Tuam are ‘riding rough-shod’ over their neighbours – and getting away with it – because neither the local authority nor a state-approved housing agency is taking responsibility.

That was the claim made by Councillor Donagh Killilea this week who says he is ‘beyond frustration’ that tenants could carry on like this and not be brought to task.

The problem, as he laid out at this week’s Tuam Municipal District meeting, was that the former County Council estate of Cúirt na Cora had been handed over to Steer, an approved housing agency.

But when asked in a correspondence from Galway County Council if Steer were complying with the Council’s regulatory by being responsible landlords, the housing association replied their remit did not include investigating or intervening in such complaints.

Cllr Killilea told the meeting that he was most frustrated that this type of behaviour couldn’t be tackled by either the local authority or the Steer Housing Association.

He said he had met the residents there to discuss their problems to be told that six new families had moved in there but that nobody in authority was doing anything about it.

“Steer is a housing agency but nobody seems to be responsible to look after the needs of the neighbours who are complaining about anti-social behaviour.

“Some residents are riding rough shod with stones being thrown at properties.

“I don’t know what these agencies do and I don’t know where to go next as I have been told that as the tenants involved in the anti-social behaviour are not tenants of this Council, our housing section can’t do anything. It’s very frustrating and it’s the fault of the housing section of this council,” he added.

Speaking after the meeting to the Connacht Tribune, he said all housing agencies should be obliged to sign up to the same tenancy agreement published by Galway County Council a few years ago.

He said he found it hard to accept that Steer or any other housing agency could detach themselves from complaints made by their tenants re anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Pete Roche, speaking at this week’s Municipal District meeting, asked where did residents go when they flagged anti-social behaviour, adding it was insulting that they return to ‘proper procedure’.

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Schools and colleges in Galway advised to close for Storm Barra

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Schools in Galway have begun informing parents that they will not open tomorrow, following advice from the Department of Education.

The Dept said this evening that schools, colleges and universities in areas where a Status Orange or Red warning apply for Storm Barra should not open.

A spokesperson said: “Met Éireann has advised that there is a strong possibility that the status of parts of these counties currently in Status Orange are likely to change and escalate to Status Red.

“Due to the significant nature of Storm Barra, as forecast by Met Éireann and to give sufficient notice to institutions of further and higher education, the department is advising that all universities, colleges and further education facilities covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not open tomorrow, 7 December.

“All schools and third level institutions should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area.”

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Galway Gardaí: ‘Stay at home during Storm Barra’

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Gardaí in Galway have warned people to stay home tomorrow (Tuesday) as Met Éireann forecasted a ‘risk to life’ ahead of Storm Barra’s expected landfall tomorrow morning.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC), Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said the City Council was preparing for the ‘high probability’ of coastal flooding.

A combination of tomorrow’s high tides with the forecast high winds and heavy rainfall would likely lead to a flooding event, he said.

Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said the best advice available was to stay at home but refused to comment on school closures – advising that was a matter for the Department of Education.

Mr McGrath said a number of meetings between local and national agencies had already taken place, with more set to run throughout the day as preparations got underway for this winter’s first severe weather event.

“High tide is at 6.45am tomorrow morning and at 7.20pm tomorrow evening. There is currently a Red Marine Warning in place for the sea area that includes Galway and an Orange Storm Warning for Storm Barra for 6am Tuesday morning to 6am on Wednesday morning,” said Mr McGrath, adding that it was possible this storm warning could be raised to Red later today.

With high tide at 5.45 metres and a forecast storm surge of 1.05m, the risk of flooding was significant. In addition, winds were currently forecast to be South-West to West, said Mr McGrath, conducive to a flooding event in the city.

“It is potentially problematic . . . the hope would be that the storm surge doesn’t happen at the same time as high tide,” he added.

The flood protection barrier had been installed at Spanish Arch over the weekend and storm gullies had been cleaned. Sandbags were to be distributed throughout the day, said Mr McGrath.

Council staff would be on duty throughout the weather event and Gardaí would be operating rolling road closures from early morning. Carparks in Salthill were closed today, while tow trucks were on standby to remove any vehicles not moved by their owners before the high-risk period.

Chief Supt Curley said it was imperative people stayed home where possible.

The best way to say safe was to “leave the bicycle or the car in the driveway” from early tomorrow morning, and to stay indoors until the worst of the storm had passed.

Met Éireann has warned of potential for flooding in the West, with Storm Barra bringing “severe or damaging gusts” of up to 130km/h.

A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am Tuesday to 6am Wednesday, with southerly winds, later becoming northwesterly, with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of up to 130km/h possibly higher in coastal areas.

“High waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge will lead to wave overtopping and a significant possibility of coastal flooding. Disruption to power and travel are likely,” Met Éireann said.

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Storm Barra to bring coastal flooding and disruption to Galway

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Met Éireann has warned of potential for flooding in the West on Tuesday, with Storm Barra bringing “severe or damaging gusts” of up to 130km/h.

A Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am Tuesday to 6am Wednesday, with southerly winds, later becoming northwesterly, with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts of up to 130km/h possibly higher in coastal areas.

“High waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge will lead to wave overtopping and a significant possibility of coastal flooding. Disruption to power and travel are likely,” Met Éireann said,

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