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County Councillor calls for national debate on traveller accommodation

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Galway bay fm newsroom – A county councillor says national debate is needed on the issue of traveller accommodation.

Galway’s traveller population has increased significantly over the past 10 years, from 382 households in 2002 to 547 households in 2012.

This week’s meeting of the local authority heard that based on knowledge of families, in another 5 years there will be an extra 125 new families.

There are currently 48 families living in the county in unauthorised sites, roadside encampments or involuntarily sharing accomodation.

Councillor Sean O’ Tuairisg told the meeting that many travellers came to Connemara during the Summer but there was no suitable transient site for families.

The draft traveller accommodation programme which outlines plans for the period 2014-2018 was subsequently adopted by councillors.

Councillor Jimmy McClearn says national debate is needed on the way forward for housing travellers

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Kylemore Abbey voted by 58% to be given official heritage status

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Kylemore Abbey in Galway has been voted by 58% of Irish people to be given official heritage status.

However, the number was higher among those aged 55+, with 67% of baby boomers believing its worthy of preservation.

The research conducted by iReach of over 1,000 respondents, was commissioned by Ecclesiatical Insurance to mark National Heritage Week.

Official heritage status would mean the site would have cultural, historical or scientific value officially attached to its name.

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Galway pupils collect 5 tonnes of litter through “Picker Pals” programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway schools collected 5 tonnes of litter for their schools last year – through the 2021 Picker Pals programme.

66 different schools across the county took part in the national initiative – which aims to encourage children to contribute to a better environment through fun-based activities.

With 75 spaces still available on this year’s programme – schools are being encouraged to get involved once again.

Programme Manager, Angela Kenny – says the feedback from pupils, teachers and parents has been hugely positive.

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City Council defends issuing of zero fines for dog fouling last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has moved to defend the fact it issued no fines for dog fouling last year.

It was one of several local authorities nationwide who failed to issue fines – but it points out that it has achieved significant reductions in dog fouling through other initiatives.

Dog poo – for many, a blight on the landscape all too commonly found abandoned on our streets, footpaths, amenity areas and green spaces.

And if you don’t pick up after your dog, you can face an on the spot fine of €150.

But in Galway City, there wasn’t a single fine issued last year.

The county fared little better, with just two fines issued by Galway County Council.

Galway City Council says it should be noted that litter fines for dog fouling are hard to issue, because the warden has to catch the dog in the act.

It adds it’s also difficult to get details of the person responsible for the dog.

But it does point to the successful rollout of the “Clean It Up, You Dirty Pup” campaign last June at various locations across Galway City.

The initiative, which worked closely with local communities, led to a reduction of 60 percent in dog fouling in 5 trial areas over a 6 week period.

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