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Council votes to ban Japanese knotweed chemical

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Galway City Tribune – Growing problems with Japanese knotweed around the city were highlighted at this week’s City Council meeting – however, councillors also voted to ‘cease the usage’ of the only weedkiller capable of dealing with the problem.

Councillors supported a proposal from Independent councillor, Colette Connolly (Ind.) and seconded by Cllr. Pauline O’Reilly (Green Party), to commit to ceasing the usage of glyphosate as a weedkiller by the City Council’s parks staff.

Cllr. Connolly said that the County Council had passed a similar motion and also added that countries such as France and Austria had also banned the product. “This is a clear indication of where we should be going,” said Cllr. Connolly.

Her seconder, Cllr. O’Reilly, said that the evidence was very clear that glyphosate weedkiller was carcinogenic (cancer causing) and added that the Council should commit to ceasing its usage.

City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath, said that the use of glyphosate was the only solution in terms of controlling the Japanese knotweed – he said that there would be a full report to the SPC (Strategic Policy Committee) which would come back before the full Council.
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Councillor apologises for use of ‘n’ word during meeting

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Councillor Declan McDonnell: apology for use of 'n' word

A Galway City councillor has been forced to apologise after using the ‘n’ word in the course of a meeting of the local authority this evening.

Independent councillor Declan McDonnell, during a discussion of a proposed coastal protection scheme from Sailín to Silverstrand – which Cllr McDonnell claimed was being obstructed by the Department of Climate Action and Environment – said the Department was the “n****r in the woodpile”.

Cllr Ollie Crowe (FF) immediately sought that the remarks be withdrawn, a request that Mayor Mike Cubbard (Ind) reiterated. Cllr McDonnell then withdrew the comment.

Speaking to the Galway City Tribune after the meeting, Cllr McDonnell apologised for using the term and said it “wasn’t meant in the context it was picked up”.

“It is a saying that was used years ago. It wasn’t meant in any disrespectful way.

“I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I withdrew the comment straight away when I was asked,” said Cllr McDonnell.

“I made a mistake in the language I used and I apologised and withdrew it straight away.

“I do apologise. I used the wrong phrase in the heat of the moment about a [government] department that has upset a lot of people in Galway,” he said, adding that it had obstructed the progression of the Galway City Ring Road and a number of other significant infrastructural projects.

“It was never intended as an insult to any race.”

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Huge reward for ‘dognap’ – as canine companion dies of broken heart

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James with Biggy, Poopie and Little One

Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most famous dog, Biggy the Irish Wolfhound, has “died of a broken heart” after his Jack Russell best mate was the victim of a suspected ‘dognap’ – which led to the owner putting up a €20,000 reward.

Following a social media campaign which went viral, Biggy was famously reunited with his family 11 days after he went missing in 2013. He was discovered on the motorway outside Athenry.

Nine years later, James Leopold Mechels has erected hundreds of posters all over the city and suburbs in a desperate bid to find the ageing Jack Russell he calls ‘Little One’.

The Belgian native recently increased a reward for the return of his beloved pooch from €1,000 to €20,000. But so far, no credible sightings have been made.

“He’s been missing for 3,288 hours – 137 days, I’m so exhausted, so upset, so anxious. I’ve stopped working to focus all of my effort into finding him. I’ve cycled all over the city, I’ve driven to the horse fair in Ballinasloe,” James told the Galway City Tribune this week.
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■ Anybody with information is asked to call 087 0650678 or Ark Vets on 091 584185.

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Row deepens over Tiny Traders market

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Galway City Tribune – The row between the Tiny Traders Village and Galway Arts Centre – the operators of Nuns’ Island Theatre – deepened this week as the Arts Centre announced its intentions to open its own market on the site.

Manager of the Tiny Traders Village, Paul David Murphy, has claimed this was proof that it was always Galway Arts Centre, and its Managing Director, Páraic Breathnach’s, intention to “force” them out, adding that he had felt under constant threat of being shut down.

“It did come as a bit of a shock, but it was something I was expecting,” said Mr Murphy of a post on social media announcing that a new market would open.

“It’s now obvious that they were trying to get rid of us and I can’t believe how transparent they’ve been. Up until this point, there had been a little degree of mystery as to why this happened. It’s sad because the Tiny Traders Village was working really well.”

This comes following a decision by the Tiny Traders to cease trading two weeks ago, citing changes that Galway Arts Centre had requested that Mr Murphy said would have made his business “unviable”.

Speaking to the Galway City Tribune this week, Páraic Breathnach confirmed that they had requested changes – involving layout alterations and clearance – but this had been done due to health and safety concerns.

“There were changes requested to comply with fire regulations, safety and health. They were in relation to the blocking of pathways, the blocking of fire exits, clearance between stalls and the affixing of canopies to a listed building,” said Mr Breathnach.
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