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Councillor wants to relax drink driving limits to three pints to save rural pubs from closure

Declan Tierney



A County Galway vintners’ chief and County Councillor has advocated a review of the drink driving legislation which would allow customers to drink two or three pints and drive home safely.

The publican said that it was up to the individuals concerned but he felt happy that some people could drive home safely with three pints on them and that there were those that couldn’t.

But Timmy Broderick said that there was no way a person should lose their job or their livelihood if they were caught and prosecuted for drinking and driving.

The Kiltormer publican who is also PRO of the County Galway Vintners said that there was a distinct danger of rural villages being left without pubs if the current slide in trade continued.

His comments come after the revelation that tax increases imposed by the Government have resulted in one pub a day closing its doors in the country.

“Every person is different but there are some people that are capable of driving after having consumed three pints. The legislation with regard to drink driving has to be changed if pubs are to survive.

“At the moment the owners of rural pubs cannot make a living and they are opening at times that is reflective of the trade that they do.

“It might cost a couple to come out on a night and possibly spend €60 between them on a few drinks and a taxi home  but it is a lot safer than having a couple of bottles of whiskey which they could get for the same amount,” Timmy Broderick added.

The publican is also a member of Galway County Council and believes that the industry is over regulated when it came to taxation and legislation.

Cllr Broderick said that the pub was still the heart of every rural community but it was obvious that the Government were determined to close them down.

He agreed that the price of the pint was far too much but pointed out that this was due to taxes imposed by the Government. Cllr Broderick also said that when it came to legislation, the penalties for drinking and driving were much too excessive.


For full story see this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.


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 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

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



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



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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