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Councillor claims South Galway abandoned

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – ‘South Galway has been abandoned’ according to Loughrea area councillor Bridie Willers who’s making an impassioned plea for the flooding crisis in the area to be tackled once and for all.

At this week’s meeting of the local authority, the Fine Gael councillor said she didn’t accept Europe wanted to see families forced to move while farmers sold land.

She added the Ministers responsible for the OPW and the national parks and wildlife service had yet to view the flood waters in the area first hand.

Councillor Willers has been forced to leave her home in Grannagh in the parish of Ardrahan twice in five years because of flooding, but says her father and his father before him did not have the same problems.

Galway county council says a minor works application has been made to the OPW for the construction of a new culvert at Cahermore and works will proceed this year.

A minor works application has also been made to the OPW for maintenance works on the Ballylee river and a scheme has been approved.

Councillor Bridie Willers says families have been devastated by flooding since 1991 and is calling for action now.

Councillor Jimmy McClearn echoed her sentiments, saying there had been enough talk about reports, consultants and cost benefit analysis.

In regards to the Dunkellin river and Aggard flood relief scheme, the engineering design and environmental assessment is ongoing.

The meeting heard reports are being finalised which could take 8 to 10 weeks and there will also be a public consultation day.

Meanwhile the OPW has finalised, and responded to, submissions made on the proposed Clare river scheme, and referred the scheme to the Minister for Finance.

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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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