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Dept seeks bogland for displaced Galway turf-cutters

Enda Cunningham

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The Department of Heritage has begun negotiations with bog owners in Galway as part of a purchase scheme for turf-cutters displaced from their own designated bogs.

Some of the owners of existing bogs in Galway have sought relocation under the Cessation of Turf-Cutting Compensation Scheme (CTCCS).

Under that scheme, owners of bogs which are designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) – where cutting is now illegal – can apply to the Department for financial compensation or relocation to a non-designated site.

The Department is now attempting to buy plots of undesignated bog east of the Clonboo-Headford Road for owners of raised bog land in the Lough Corrib SAC.

A Government spokesperson told the Connacht Tribune: “Some applicants of the CTCCS from Lough Corrib (Curraghmore) raised bog SAC are seeking relocation to a non-designated bog in their locality.

“It was to this end that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht advertised seeking to purchase bog plots from land owners or turbary rights owners of undesignated bog east of the Galway-Clonboo/Headford Road.

“If any individuals reply to the advert wishing to sell their bog or turbary rights to the Department, we will then assess the bog/turbary rights to see if it is suitable for the purposes of relocating turf cutters from Lough Corrib SAC.

“The Department is working to accommodate all applicants of the CTCCS who have applied for relocation and an important point when considering suitable relocation sites is their closeness to designated SACs.

“Relocation sites are offered to applicants under the CTCCS based on geographical proximity to their original turf cutting site,” the spokesperson said.

The Department has confirmed that it has entered negotiations to purchase some land.

“To date the Department has not purchased any land in Galway for the purposes of relocation under the CTCCS. However, in some cases, negotiations with landowners have commenced.

“The position is that a total of 2,959 applications [nationally] for compensation under the CTCCS have been received. Of these, 820 applicants have expressed an interest in relocation to non-designated bogs.

“Relocation is a very complex process, in terms of investigating suitable sites however, notwithstanding this complexity, progress in relocating turf cutters to non-designated bogs is being achieved in a number of cases,” the spokesperson said.

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Gardaí seek help in locating missing man

Enda Cunningham

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Gardaí have sought help in locating a man missing in Galway since the end of December.
34-year-old Luke Davoren was last seen in the University Road area on December 30.

He is described as having fair hair, 6ft in height and having an athletic build. He was last seen wearing a grey hoody, brown leather jacket, blue jeans and brown leather boots. He also had a black back pack in his possession.

Gardaí and Luke’s family are very concerned for his welfare and have urged him to make contact.

Anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash cam footage of the Newcastle/University Road areas between 1am – 2am on December 30, is asked to contact Galway Garda Station on 091 538000.

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‘Daredevil’ swimmers are a fatality waiting to happen

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – ‘Daredevil’ winter sea swimmers who dive or jump into the water in places like Blackrock during adverse weather are putting their own lives at risk – and possibly those of rescuers – by their actions, it was warned this week.

Water Safety Ireland have cautioned that the biggest single contributor to drownings in Ireland is what is known as ‘cold water shock’ – a condition caused by the sudden entry into a cold body of water.

There is now growing concern that a copycat trend is emerging with young people – without wet suits – diving or jumping into the sea in stormy or icy-cold weather.

Several people have been filmed on social media in the sea at Salthill during storms – with a number of them taking ‘running jumps’ off the diving tower at Blackrock.

Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Water Safety Ireland, told the Galway City Tribune that people jumping into the sea during storms showed at best a reckless disregard for their own safety and in a worst-case scenario represented ‘a fatality waiting to happen’ for the jumpers – or the persons trying to rescue them.

“Jumping into cold water puts you at risk of cold shock which can result in immediate incapacitation and doing so in storm conditions can make it difficult to get back out of the water safely and promptly before hypothermia sets in.

“Hypothermia leads to the cooling of the muscles needed in the arms and legs to stay afloat. Drownings typically happen when someone over-estimates their ability and under-estimates the risks,” said Mr Sweeney.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune, that the key thing for all people who enjoyed the water and the sea was to carefully plan their exercise or hobby.

“Cold water shock is a real danger at this time of year for all swimmers. Be prepared – have your cap, ear plugs, mats, woolly cap [after leaving the water] and towels all in place. Check the weather forecast and check the tides – and never, ever just jump straight into the water during the colder season.”

(Photo: Diving into the water at Blackrock during Storm Bella in December)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Developer banks on boom in rental property market

Enda Cunningham

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The backer of the Crown Square scheme in Mervue is planning an increase in the number of apartments in the development following a review of the economic viability of the project.

The 345 apartments will specifically target the rental market.

Crown Square Developments Ltd, which is operated by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has told Galway City Council that the amended plans will form part of a new planning application to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála under ‘Strategic Housing Development’ legislation.

According to the company, the property market has changed since it was granted permission in November 2019 for 288 apartments in three blocks ranging from five to eight storeys in height.

Mr Rhatigan has now sought planning permission for an 18% reduction in the overall size of basement levels and a reduction in car parking from 1,377 to 1,012 spaces. Cycle parking spaces will increase from 1,110 to 1,200.

The plan also involves the relocation of the vehicular and pedestrian access to the development on the Monivea Road, which will now be closer to McDonagh Avenue. The existing planned access is at the south-easternmost point of the site, but is now planned to move further west.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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