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Department criticised over administration of Rossaveal harbour

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The Department of Agriculture has been criticised over the administration of six harbours including Rossaveal.
The Dail Public Accounts Committee heard the accounts for the harbours for 2007 did not issue until December 2011.
The department took over reponsibility for six harbours in 2008.
As well as delays in the completion of 2007 accounts, the Irish Independent also reports that there were delays in the preparation of accounts for 2008 and 2011.
The department was quizzed on areas including incomplete records, underbilling and arrears.
The committee heard that a carpark in Rossaveal was expected to generate 580 thousand euro annually.
However it recorded a net income of 11 thousand euro due to a rival carpark in the area.
The department’s secretary general Tom Moran said his officials are working hard to sort out a range of legacy issues.

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Local TD questions Agriculture Minister in Dáil over “monumental” climate change targets for sector

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has questioned the Agriculture Minister in the Dáil on the “monumental” climate change targets set for the Agriculture sector over the next decade.

Deputy Denis Naughten said we could be looking at an expected reduction of up to 8 million tonnes by 2030.

However he pointed out that a current Teagasc roadmap outlines an achievable reduction of between 2.5 and 3.5m tonnes.

He argued Ireland is at least a decade behind on the research needed to effectively deliver the results needed within the timeframe.

Deputy Naughten said practical measures are urgently needed that reflect the reality for farmers on the ground.

Speaking in response, Minister Charlie McConalogue was adamant that carbon tax funding ringfenced for farmers is not replacing any direct exchequer funding.

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One of country’s highest breaches of speed limit recorded in Carnmore on National Slow Down Day

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 316 drivers have been caught breaking the speed limit during National Slow Down Day.

The Garda initiative has been in place since 7am, and over 144-thousand vehicles have been checked so far.

One car was found driving at 140 km per hour in a 120 km zone on the M4 at Clonard in Co Meath, while another was noted doing 129 km per hour in a 100 km zone on the N7 at Castlewarden in Kildare.

On the M6 in Carnmore East a driver was recorded doing 133 km/h in a 120km zone

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Galway Garda chief says action will be taken against speed vans blocking public footpaths in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley has stated that action will be taken against GoSafe speed vans blocking public footpaths in Galway City.

The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee by Councillor Alan Cheevers.

He expressed frustration as he outlined how private GoSafe vans continue to operate on public footpaths, including at Monivea Road and Newcastle.

Superintendent Tom Curley accepted the issue has been raised previously, and said Gardaí have never given permission for these vehicles to park in this manner.

He gave an assurance they are not above the law and Gardai will act on any reports they receive from the public – and said he was disappointed this is still happening.

Councillor Cheevers says these GoSafe vans have been using footpaths for far too long.

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