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Disappointment at absence of Salthill tourist office

Francis Farragher

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The Salthill Tourist Office will again not be open for this summer despite predictions of a very busy season due to The Gathering and the expected extended period of fine weather.

Fáilte Ireland confirmed to the Sentinel that they were not in a position to staff the Salthill Office on a seasonal basis, due to the impact of the Public Sector employment embargo.

Head of Fáilte Ireland’s Operations in the West, Fiona Monaghan, said that their ‘hands were tied’ as regards the hiring of any extra seasonal staff that would be needed to operate their Salthill office for the summer months.

“We are working off a very tight complement of staff and we simply do not have any other resources that we can deploy to open the Salthill office during the summer months,” she said.

However, she stressed that Fáilte Ireland operated a seven day service for the summer months from their main office in Forster Street and at the kiosk in Eyre Square, with both outlets extremely busy.

Fáilte Ireland last operated the Salthill office in the summer of 2010, although the Atlantaquarium ran an information service through the holiday season of 2011, while it was used by the Volvo Ocean Race organisers last summer.

Local store owner and off-licence proprietor in Salthill, Francis O’Leary, said it was very disappointing that the tourism office would be closed for the third summer season in a row.

“We are O’Leary’s Off-Licence and Foodstore, are the de factor tourist office in Salthill as we have many daily inquiries about bus tours, directions for accommodation and also about why the tourist office is closed. We will happily do our patriotic duty and continue to provide these services to tourists,” Francis O’Leary told The Sentinel.

For more on this story, see this week’s Connacht Sentinel

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
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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Council removes ‘shop local’ signage despite agreement with Latin Quarter

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Signage promoting a ‘eat, drink and shop local’ campaign, erected by a local business group, was removed by the Galway City Council – despite an understanding that permission had been granted.

The bilingual signage was placed on a number of solar compactor bins and bollard-control boxes in the city centre by the Latin Quarter business group, in an attempt to promote local businesses grappling with the effects of Covid-19.

A source in the group told the Galway City Tribune that the signage cost around €3,500 and that permission to erect it had been given by a ‘senior Council official’.

The signs were put up in mid-October but only lasted around two weeks when City Hall’s Environment Department had them removed, claiming that they had not been consulted.

“There was clearly a breakdown in communications in City Hall because we had permission from a senior official to proceed, and then the Environment Department took issue with the signs and insisted that they had to be removed,” said the source.

A Council spokesperson said they were currently in discussions with the Latin Quarter to provide promotional material and added “there’s been no falling out here”.
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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