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Drink drive warning to ladies who lunch

Francis Farragher

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Ladies getting together for lunch – who enjoy a tipple or two with their food – have been advised by Gardai that they could be over the limit if they drive afterwards.

The temptation to ‘have a second one’ or to say yes when offered a ‘top-up or two’ could end up putting up the lunchtime tipplers over the limit and losing their licence.

A senior Garda warned at a recent meeting of the Galway Joint Policing Committee that ‘anyone on the road’ – regardless of the time of the day – had to tune in to the concept of not mixing drinking and driving.

Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that he wanted to heighten awareness of casual social occasions – such as a group of women getting together for lunch – and the consequent risks of driving afterwards.

“We just want a greater awareness and alertness in relation to having a casual drink or two and then driving. The simple rule of thumb is, that if you are having a social drink, to plan ahead for a taxi or a lift,” said Chief Supt. Curley.

He said that worryingly there were still about 35 arrests every month for drink driving offences in the Galway area with some disturbing trends emerging.

“More young people seem to be reversing the trend of recent years by drinking and driving while a significant number of drivers are testing positive during morning and daytime hours.

“In that context we want to advise all motorists to be always conscious of any alcohol in their system, whether that be women or men out for a casual lunch or people who have consumed large amounts of alcohol the night before,” said Chief Supt. Curley.

Noel Kelly, Regional Traffic Superintendent for the Western Garda Region, told the Galway City Tribune, that wine was quite a strong drink with one glass potentially putting a woman – or man – over the limit.

“There are social occasions and lunch meetings where wine will be served and consumed. We just want people to get the message that if they are having a glass of wine with their meal, to have their transport organised in advance – if not, don’t touch it.

“The clearer we can draw the line between never, ever mixing any drink with driving, the better for everyone and the safer our roads will be for everybody,” said Supt. Kelly.

He said that the consequences of a drink driving detection for motorists was not worth the risk given the disqualification period, the fines, reputational damage and the difficulty subsequently in getting insurance.

“And far more seriously if a drink driver is involved in an accident involving serious injury or a fatality, the consequences are catastrophic for everyone. There is just no recovery from that,” said Supt. Kelly.

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Outdoor dining plans unveiled for Galway City

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A new plan to temporarily pedestrianise city streets to create more space for outdoor dining this summer was published this week.

Galway City Council has said it is planning to close six streets for four months to boost the hospitality sector and attract more custom ‘back the West’ and to Woodquay.

It has also signalled smaller changes for Salthill and around Eyre Square.

“We’re looking to support businesses and people getting back to work. This is an opportunity for us to explore outdoor dining and we’re looking to trial these public realm initiatives,” Ruairí Lehmann, the City Council’s Tourism Officer told the Galway City Tribune.

“There is an appetite for this; the indications we have from Government is it is going to be an outdoor summer and these proposals will support that,” he added.

Chairperson of Galway Branch of VFI, Johnny Duggan of Taylor’s Bar on Dominick Street, said the changes would be very positive and boost hospitality businesses in all areas.

Already, he said as many as 30 businesses have applied for licences to trade outside in the area known as the Westend.

The local authority wants to close to traffic The Small Crane and Raven Terrace 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from June 7 until September 30. Car parking spaces will be removed from Small Crane and one lane of traffic would be kept open, one-way. A decision on which side is still under review.

The Council intends to make Dominick Street Lower (Galway Arms to Monroe’s) a single-lane one-way traffic street to facilitate additional on-street dining. It’s understood this has hasn’t yet got the backing of taxi drivers who have concerns about access to and from the Bridge Street rank but alternative taxi space may be offered at another location in the Westend to assuage those fears.

The Council has signalled its intention to close Dominick Street Upper and William Street West from Small Crane to Munster Avenue, at night only, between 6pm and 11pm, from Monday June 7 until Thursday September 30.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and for full details of the proposals for the city centre and Salthill, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council chief backs Salthill tidal pools proposal

Stephen Corrigan

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Image Courtesy of Superfly Ireland

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The Council is to consider including a specific objective to restore the tidal pools in Salthill in the new City Development Plan – with around one-fifth of the submissions made in a public consultation backing this ‘no-brainer’ proposal.

In a report to councillors on submissions received, Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said consideration of the proposal would be based on technical feasibility, funding, staff resources, climate change considerations and environmental factors.

“A large number of submissions were received requesting the restoration of the tidal pools in Salthill as a year-round public amenity and recreation facility accessible to all. The restoration of this facility would be a huge asset to the city and complement the existing facilities that are available at Salthill,” Mr McGrath states in the document seen by the Galway City Tribune.

Support for the reviving of the Ladies’ Beach facility grew legs after an online petition attracted over 4,500 signatures.

Up to 100 of the 518 submissions made to the Council’s pre-draft consultation supported reopening the pools that have been out of action since the late 1970s.

(Photo: How the pools might look. Image Courtesy of Superfly Ireland)
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GMIT in €9m bid for Galwegians’ Glenina grounds

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – GMIT has put in an offer – rumoured to be in the region of €9million – for the purchase of Galwegians RFC’s grounds at Glenina, the Galway City Tribune understands.

The offer will be presented for a vote at a Special General Meeting of club members set to take place on May 27.

The land at Crowley Park, located just two minutes’ walk from GMIT, had been earmarked for housing by property developer Neil Armstrong, and is zoned residential. However, this deal fell through.

A GMIT spokesperson told the Galway City Tribune they were “not yet in a position to comment”, while a spokesperson for Galwegians declined to comment.

It is understood that staff at GMIT were informed by the institution’s Vice President of Finance at a meeting this week that the ‘deal was done’ and that they awaited the rugby club’s signing off at its members’ meeting later in the month.

The sale would clear the way for the club to proceed with plans to develop a 22-acre site at Boleynasruhaun, Oranswell, where it is expected to make a second planning application after the County Council raised concerns over the scale of the development proposed initially.
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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