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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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Public meeting in Ballinasloe to discuss concerns about waste facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting about a controversial licence for a waste facility in Ballinasloe will take place next week. (26/8)

It’s being organised by the ‘Ballinsloe Says No’ campaign group to discuss environmental and health concerns in relation to the planned waste facility.

Last year, the High Court overturned a decision by the county council granting the waste permit, however a new application for a licence has now been submitted.

The meeting will take place in Gullanes Hotel in Ballinasloe next Monday evening at 7 o’ clock.

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Over €50 thousand worth of Cannabis seized in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than 50 thousand euro worth of cannabis plants have been seized in Gort.

The drugs were found when Gardaí searched a house in the area earlier today.

No further details are available, but no arrests have yet been made and investigations are ongoing.

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Traffic delays expected in Oranmore following major watermain burst

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists are being advised to expect traffic delays in Oranmore this evening following a major watermain burst in the village.

Crews are currently working at the site of the burst at the Maldron Hotel and it’s expected the works will take a number of hours to complete.

Residents in the immediate area are being advised they may be without water until late tonight.

Traffic management measures are currently in place.

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