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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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Connemara vet warns of dogs being poisoned in Rosmuc area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Connemara vet has warned dog owners in Rosmuc to be on alert after several dogs were killed by a poisonous chemical in the area, in recent weeks.

Three dogs from one household have died in the last two weeks after they ingested the chemical Trodex – which is manufactured to treat fluke in sheep and cattle.

Trodex is also used, however, to kill foxes that prey on sheep in rural areas according to Clifden Vet Niamh Walsh.

Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets on a short leash and not to allow them to rummage in bushes.

Meanwhile, they are also being advised that the key symptom of Trodex poisoning is heavy panting in dogs, due to overheating.

Vet Niamh Walsh told Galway Talks that incidents of Trodex poisoning often spike at this time of year, as farmers lay down the chemical to protect their herds.

To hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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County Councillors fight back after City Council purchase property in Kiltulla

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the city council’s purchase of a property which is located outside the city boundary.

It’s understood the property in question was purchased in the Kiltulla area of Oranmore.

The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the county council which was held in Kiltormer.

Athenry/Oranmore Fine Gael councillor Liam Carrol raised a motion calling on the city council to put the property back on the open market.

The motion was seconded by Independent councillor James Charity.

Cathaoirleach Jimmy McClearn says the city council should seriously reflect on its actions.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Galway City Council confirmed that the purchase was carried out observing all necessary statutory requirements.

Councillor Liam Carroll argues consultation was needed and has called for the property to be placed on the open market without delay.

To hear from Cllr Carroll, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Local TD calls for more radical action at meat plants after 103 staff test positive this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon-Galway TD is calling for more radical action at meat plants as another 103 factory staff tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

There are now 925 confirmed cases in meat plants.

The HSE says each cluster has been assigned a local outbreak team to manage the situation.

But Independent TD Denis Naughten says more needs to be done.

To hear from Deputy Naughten, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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