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€7m in pipeline to plug city water leaks

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Irish Water plans to upgrade the city’s leaky pipe network with a €7.3 million investment.

The replacement of about 20 kilometres of defective water mains pipes throughout the city forms part of the company’s water conservation plan for Galway.

It is one project of many announced by Irish Water in its new €36 million programme of work to develop new and upgrade existing water and wastewater infrastructure throughout Galway.

The central plank of the city aspect of the Galway plan includes upgrading of 20 kilometres of defective pipes.

Irish Water said “site investigation” work on the city’s pipe network will begin this coming January and construction work is expected to begin in the first three months of 2017.

The company said, “sections of water mains in the poorest condition will be replaced first,” and the entire upgrade is due to be completed in the autumn of 2018.

The remainder of the ‘new’ elements in this latest announcement by Irish Water are for projects located in the county.

Some €3 million has been set aside for the upgrade of Oughterard wastewater treatment plant, which will have a significant impact on the quality of water sources supplying city homes and businesses. The project will go to tender next month and is expected to be finished by 2017.

Irish Water said: “The upgraded wastewater treatment plant will result in a significant improvement in water quality, will allow for growth and will reduce the risk of pollution to the Owenriff River and Lough Corrib, one of the premier fishing lakes in the country and the drinking water source for much of Galway City and County.”

Other new announcements in the latest investment plan include upgrading water supply schemes in Leenane, An Cheathrú Rua, Inis Oírr, Inis Meáin, and Williamston. All five schemes are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s remedial action list. The boil water notices in place in Leenane and Williamstown will be lifted once the works are complete.

Meanwhile, Irish Water used this latest announcement to give updates on city projects that are underway and nearing completion. The replacement of water mains on Thomas Hynes Road in the city are on schedule to be completed later this month, the company said. This €420,000 project began last June and was needed “to alleviate water supply problems” that have been experienced in the area for more than a year.

The upgrade of Mutton Island wastewater treatment plant is due to be finished before Christmas. The €5.7 million works will almost double the capacity of the plant from 91,000 population equivalent to 170,000 population equivalent.

Galway West Fine Gael TD, Seán Kyne welcomed the investment and said it was made possible through the people of Galway paying water charges.

Deputy Kyne said: “Investment of this scale in our wastewater network will help end the discharge of untreated waste into rivers in Galway and off the Galway coast which will improve the environment and protect the water supply.

“The substantial investment is being made after decades of under-investment in our water and wastewater services. Undoubtedly this investment will be welcomed by public representatives who are opposed to paying for treated water and the proper and safe disposal of wastewater.

“It must, however, be recognised that this substantial and necessary investment is only possible through the combination of central Government funding and the revenue being collected by Irish Water through the payment of water charges by many citizens across Galway.”

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Unauthorised developments in County Galway go unchecked for months

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The Planning Enforcement Section of Galway County Council is so understaffed that complaints of unauthorised developments are not being investigated for months, the Connacht Tribune has learned.

In one case, a complaint alleging a house was under construction in a picturesque and environmentally sensitive part of Conamara without planning permission was not investigated by the Council for at least six months.

And it can be revealed that there is a ‘large’ backlog of complaints of unauthorised developments in the county, which the Planning Enforcement Section at County Hall has blamed on staff shortages, according to correspondence obtained by the Connacht Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

In response to repeated requests by a concerned member of the public to intervene and investigate an allegation of unauthorised development in an environmentally protected area of Conamara, the Council’s Planning Department indicated it was too stretched.

“Unfortunately, the planning enforcement section is experiencing a period of prolonged staff shortages and consequently there are a large number of files awaiting investigation/review,” it said.
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Access Centre provides pathways to University of Galway for the disadvantaged

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Great leaps have been made in recent years to make access to tertiary level education a realistic prospect for once marginalised groups in society.

With the deadline for CAO applications approaching next week, the Access Centre at the University of Galway is aiming to reach as many underrepresented groups as possible ahead of next academic term.

Head of the Access Centre, Imelda Byrne (pictured), said research has shown that those who once felt third level ‘wasn’t for them’ are increasing their presence at UG, and bringing a richness to the sector that had for a long time been missing.

In the five years up to 2021, there was a 100% increase in the number of students registering for the Disability Support Service at the university, while those coming from Further Education and Training courses in institutes like GTI had surged by 211% over four years.

“The message that we really need to get out there is that the CAO is not the only route into third level. There are a number of pathways,” says Imelda.

“There are loads of places set aside for students coming from a place of disadvantage,” she continues, whether it’s national schemes such as the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) for socio-economic disadvantage; or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE); or the university’s own programme for mature students.

Those places are there to ensure those from all backgrounds get an opportunity to reach their education potential, tapping into hugely talented groups that once may have missed that opportunity.

“What we have seen is that when they get that opportunity, they do just as well if not better than other students,” continues Imelda.

For HEAR and DARE scheme applicants, and for those hoping to begin higher education as a mature student, next Wednesday’s CAO deadline is critically important.

But beyond the CAO applications, the Access Programme will open up in March to guide prospective students, whatever challenges they are facing, into third level.
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Galway County Council ‘missing out on millions’ in derelict sites levies

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Galway County Council is missing out on millions of euro in untapped revenue due to a failure to compile a complete Derelict Sites Register.

That’s according to Galway East Sinn Féin representative, Louis O’Hara, who this week blasted the news that just three properties across the whole county are currently listed on the register.

As a result, Mr O’Hara said the Derelict Sites Levy was not being utilised effectively as countless crumbling properties remained unregistered – the levy amounts to 7% of the market value of the derelict property annually.

The former general election candidate said Galway County Council was ill-equipped to compile a proper list of derelict sites and called on Government to provide the necessary resources to tackle the scourge of dereliction across.

“There are still only three properties listed on Galway County Council’s Derelict Sites Register . . . anyone in Galway knows that this does not reflect the reality on the ground and more must be done to identify properties, and penalise owners who fail to maintain them,” said Mr O’Hara.

The situation was compounded by the fact that the Council failed to collect any of the levies due to them in 2021.

“This is deeply concerning when we know that dereliction is a blight on our communities. Derelict sites attract rats, anti-social behaviour and dumping, and are an eyesore in many of our local towns and villages.”

“The Derelict Sites Levy should be used as a tool by local authorities to raise revenue that can then be utilised to tackle dereliction, but they are not adequately resourced to identify and pursue these property owners,” said Mr O’Hara.

(Photo: The former Cloonabinnia House Hotel is on the Derelict Sites Register).
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