Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county council is backing a proposed initiative to tackle illegal dumping.
The proposal by Loughrea area councillor Joe Byrne would see an analysis carried out on the number of households which have a contract with a licenced waste collector versus the number of homes registered for Local Property Tax.
It comes as illegal dumping persists as a regular problem at several locations across the county.
At a meeting of the local authority this week, Ballinasloe area councillor Michael Finnerty raised the issue of what he called ‘underage dumping’.
This is when children can be identified from the contents of illegally dumped household waste.
However, despite the fact that it’s clear the dumping was carried out by the parents and not the children, no action could be taken.
Councillor Joe Byrne says his suggestion to link registration with a waste collector and property tax registration could help to clamp down on the ongoing problem.
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.