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Dept of Agriculture staff to be summoned before Athenry Oranmore councillors over stray horses

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials from the regional office of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are to be requested to appear before a meeting of Athenry-Oranmore Municipal District.
The proposal was put forward by Councillor James Charity at a meeting of the municipal district today.
He said that yet another incident of a motorist hitting a stray horse on the Headford Road happened in recent weeks and the driver has been left ‘shook’ after the collision.
Councillor Charity says that the only way to solve it, is to make sure that land along public roads is properly fenced.
He told his colleagues about an incident over the weekend where two horses were found thrown in a ditch along a bog road but were still alive.
When a passerby rang the Department of Agriculture, he claims they were fobbed off and told it was not a matter for them.
However when the passerby threatened to post pictures of the animals on social media, action was taken and a vet was sent out to put the horses down.
Director of Services with the county council, Michael Owens told the meeting that it’s not the sole remit of the county council to tackle the issue of stray horses and that they are liasing with various agencies.
He added that the issue of fencing on land is to be raised with landowners on an individual basis over the coming days.
Councillor Malachy Noone who seconded the proposal to have department representatives appear before the MDC, says someone is going to lose their life.

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Galway TD challenges Minister in Dáil over exclusion of carers from healthcare bonus

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Galway TD has challenged the Minister for Public Expenditure in the Dáil over the exclusion of family and home carers from the pandemic bonus.

Frontline healthcare workers are to be given a 1 thousand euro bonus to recognise their efforts throughout COVID-19.

However, under the current plans, home and family carers are not eligible for the payment.

Addressing Minister Michael McGrath, Deputy Mairead Farrell pointed out they lost everything during the pandemic at very short notice.

She argued without their efforts, the Government would have been in a very serious predicament.

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

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

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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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

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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