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Council votes to ban Japanese knotweed chemical

Francis Farragher

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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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Man rescued after four storey fall at city building

Enda Cunningham

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A specialist unit of Galway Fire Brigade was involved in the rescue of a man who fell from a four storey height on Fairgreen Road.
The man had to be hoisted to the roof of the building by rope and then brought to ground level by a ladder platform. He was brought to UHG by ambulance and his condition is unknown.

It’s understood the man is a construction worker.

According to Galway Fire and Rescue: “A Technical Rope Rescue hauling system was put in place in order to lower our specialized Rope Rescue Technicians down to the injured man.
“Once in place they assessed the patient, gave pain relief in accordance to the paramedics who were on scene and strapped him to a spinal board. He was hoisted vertically up the 4 stories, then lifted by our Aerial Ladder Platform from the top of the building down to the waiting ambulance.”

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Community robbed of Garda due to Royal visit

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city community blighted by anti-social behaviour has been robbed of a community Garda for several weeks – to help plan the security surrounding the upcoming Royal visit.

It has been confirmed that the wider Ballybane area is without one of its two community Garda for at least three weeks.

Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that “we’ve VIP visitors coming” and he indicated that a community Garda has been redeployed for that purpose.

Though Chief Supt Curley did not mention the British Royal Family specifically, the VIPs he referenced are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are due to visit the city next Thursday.

As revealed in the Galway City Tribune a fortnight ago, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are set to spend March 5 in Galway as part of their official visit to Ireland.

Their itinerary includes a visit to Tigh Chóilí on Mainguard Street and calling in on Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA club at Áras Bóthar na Trá.

Chief Supt Curley made his comments at Knocknacarra Community Centre, during an annual public meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Tuesday night.

He was responding to a question from a member of the public, Donal Lynch, a representative of Merlin Residents’ Association in Ballybane.

Mr Lynch said anti-social behaviour in Ballybane was an ongoing problem and he queried why the area had lost a community Garda.
This is a preview only. To read the rest of this article and more details on arrangements for the Royal visit, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Ring Road: Locals going bats over plan for replacement roost sites

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – There is concern among residents living adjacent to the proposed site for a specially-created bat roost planned as part of the Galway City Ring Road project.

The roost would be created in an attempt to compensate for a number of roosts that would be lost because of the road.

Property Consultant Tom Corr, on behalf of Castlegar residents Diarmuid and Sarah Harney, told the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing that the proposal was to convert the garage of a house adjacent to his clients’ – which will be acquired by the Council – into a bat house.

The proposed bat roost is to be located on Spellman’s Boreen, just off School Road in Castlegar.

Mr Corr sought clarity on the number of bats that would use such a roost; the type of animals who prey on bats; the noise levels associated with a bat roost; the maintenance that would be required to ensure the bat roost would not become an eyesore; and if it were possible to locate this bat roost at a location that was not directly adjacent to his clients’ boundary wall.

Ecologist for the project designers, Aebhin Cawley, said there were a range of different species of bats occurring right throughout the area – with the roost in question being created to house the Long Brown-Eared and the Lesser Horse Shoe varieties.

Ms Cawley said it was difficult to give an indication of the number of bats that would be present in such a roost, but that it would not be thousands, and was unlikely to be more than 100.
This is a preview only. To read the rest of this article and extensive coverage from the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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