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Council uses CCTV to nab culprits dumping dead horses

Declan Tierney

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Galway County Council is trawling through CCTV footage to determine who has been dumping dead horses in the North Galway area over the past couple of weeks.

Dead horses have been found on bogs, on the sides of roads and, more frighteningly, in a drain that eventually flows into the Corrib system.

The illegal dumping of horses has become very common in recent years and particularly when the animals have very little value which results in them being disposed of.

But it is a costly process for the Council in gathering up the dead animals which have been dumped in the Abbeyknockmoy and Corofin areas over the past couple of weeks.

It is estimated that between veterinary costs and the hiring of a firm to dispose of the animals, it amounts to more than €200 per horse.

Cllr Pete Roche said that in one week alone, the Council spent more than €1,000 in the disposing of dead horses and this money could have been used in carrying out essential repairs on old people’s homes or even filling potholes along local roads.

Two dead horses were removed from a dry drain in Abbeyknockmoy early last week. It appeared that they had been dead a considerable time before they were dumped there by their owners.

It was a fully grown horse and a foal and neither animal showed signs of starvation. It is believed that their owners put them down because they had little value and then dumped them in a place where they would not be seen.

Since then more dead horses have been found in the Ballybanagher area of Corofin while another horse has been dumped in a drain in Abbeyknockmoy. The water in this drain eventually flows into the River Clare which supplies drinking water for hundreds of houses.

In each case, community wardens have summoned a veterinary inspection of each animal to determine how they died while also employing the services of a dead animal disposal service.

“These are five dumped horses that have been brought to my attention so I can only assume that the problem is a much bigger one,” commented Cllr Roche.

He said that one of the horses was dumped along a public road and it was residents in the area who brought the matter to the attention of Galway County Council who had to take measures to dispose of it for health and safety reasons.

The fact that one of the horses was dumped in a drain and contaminated the water was of particular concern, he said.

He has now been told the Galway County Council is examining CCTV footage from cameras located at illegal dumping blackspots in the North Galway area in an effort to find the culprits.

“The people responsible for this deserve to be locked up,” Cllr Roche added.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

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All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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