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County Council adopts new Anti Social Behaviour Strategy

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Galway County Council has adopted an Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy up to 2020.
The matter was discussed at a meeting of the county council this week. (17/12)
Councillor Donagh Killilea told the meeting that it takes ‘one bad person to ruin the lives of many’.
He said that the council is not strong enough in terms of enforcement against anti-social behaviour and that he is waiting to see what will happen at Gilmartin Road once new housing has been built and occupied.
Sinn Féin Ballinasloe Councillor Dermot Connolly says the lives of vulnerable people in some areas are ‘pure torture’ due to anti-social activities.
Fine Gael Councillor Tom McHugh says the council is in an ‘awkward’ position, because if the council evicts a tenant, that tenant then becomes the responsibility of the council to house again the next morning.
He said that houses have been destroyed in the past in places such as Tuam and Ahascragh by a small percentage of people.
Councillor McHugh told the meeting that the council needs to be tougher in tavckling anti-social behaviour and people should be taken to court and their benefits should be reduced.
Independent Councillor Shaun Cunniffe said he could not support the proposed strategy for the county calling it a ‘pretence’ that ‘won’t work’.
He said that the council will soon rehouse Gilmartin Road and he can’t give a guarantee that those houses won’t be wrecked again.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Fahy suggested a new competition with prizes for the ‘Best Kept Local Authority House’ to get people to take pride in their homes.
Director of Housing with the council, Michael Owens says large scale social housing estates are not the approach it’s adopting going forward.
Despite the concerns about the efficacy of the Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy, it was unanimously agreed by all councillors.

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Ballinasloe group wins legal challenge preventing the operation of a waste transfer facility in the town

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A Ballinasloe community group has succeeded in its latest legal action to prevent the operation of a waste transfer facility in the East Galway town.

The ‘Ballinasloe Says No’ group took legal action to prevent Galway County Council granting a permit to operate a waste transfer station at Poolboy in April 2021.

The High Court has now quashed the decision by Galway County Council to grant a permit on environmental grounds.

The group are calling on the local authority to refuse any future application for a permit or extension or renewal of planning permission for a waste transfer facility in Poolboy.

Speaking to Galway Talks earlier, PRO & Secretary of the Ballinasloe Says No campaign Senator Aisling Dolan says the group is prepared to challenge any further attempts to bring a waste transfer facility to the town.

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Two arrested in connection with major Galway city drugs seizure are released without charge

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Two men arrested in connection with a €85,000 cash and drug seizure in Galway city have been released without charge.

Shortly after 8pm on Tuesday Galway Divisional Drugs Unit carried out a search at a house in the Ballybane area of Galway City.

Over €53,000 worth of suspected cocaine, €25,000 in cash along with smaller amounts of cannabis herb and MDMA were seized.

Last night two men, both in their late teens were arrested in connection with the seizure.

Gardai say both men have now been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Galway city venue owner says it’s hard to be confident as hospitality businesses still cannot plan too far in advance

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As expectations increase that the easing of Covid-19 restrictions will be recommended today, a Galway city venue owner says it’s hard to be confident as businesses still cannot plan too far in advance.

NPHET meets this morning to assess how restrictions could be eased and when.

However a final decision on any plan will be made at Cabinet tomorrow, and an announcement is expected afterwards.

Gary Monroe of Monroe’s Tavern on Dominick Street says while the easing of restrictions is welcome, the difficulties for the hospitality sector will continue.

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