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Failure to maintain gulleys leads to city flash flooding in heavy rainfall

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Flooding outside Born at Newtownsmyth after torrential rain on Sunday.

By Stephen Corrigan and Francis Farragher

Torrential downpours over the past week have led to renewed calls on Galway City Council to keep storm drains clear around the city – with some areas falling foul of flash flooding last weekend.

On Sunday, blocked drains in the city created large accumulations of surface water in Newtownsmyth – and caused flood damage to some houses on Fr Griffin Road.

Local councillor, Niall McNelis, hit out at the City Hall for not keeping these water outlets clear and said that while he had the utmost of respect for workers on the ground, those in charge were failing to get the job done.

“I would be the first to defend Galway City Council when they are not in the wrong, like with the recent flooding when my own business was destroyed.

“But when the drains aren’t being cleaned, that is just bad management,” said the Labour councillor.

He claimed that following Storms Eleanor and Fionn, drains were cleaned in the areas most affected but other areas such as Salthill, Claddagh, Knocknacarra, Barna Road and the City Centre were being neglected.

“We have seen this time and time again in areas such as Cross Street in front of Supermacs where the drain is always filled.

“At the end of the day, it is just not good enough. If I hear one more time about the shortage in resources … if we can’t keep the drains cleared, then what are we even doing,” exclaimed Cllr McNelis.

He said the Council should be more proactive in their clearing of the drains and called for the implementation of an effective roster system to ensure that leaves, dirt and debris are removed from the drains before flash flooding becomes an issue.

Galway City Council said that a crew was on standby over the weekend in anticipation of heavy rainfall and that they had not received any calls in relation to the flooding.

It said that drains in Newtownsmyth and on the Fr Griffin Road were cleaned on Monday following the issues that arose over the weekend.

The Council has a two-man crew and a suction sweeper allocated full-time to gully maintenance.

However, Cllr McNelis said that this wasn’t enough and that the timing of the flooding last Sunday made it difficult for people to contact City Hall.

“I appreciate the work that they do but they don’t seem to be hitting the areas that are being affected by this flash flooding.

“When they say that they have received no reports – they’re not open at the weekend and this happened on a Sunday.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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