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Fire services association says top management in Galway should be reduced

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association claims there are too many manager and not enough firefighters in Galway.

The Association is hitting back at comments made by a County Council official about fire services in the county.

Director of Services, Eugene Cummins recently made comments that the location of fire stations in Galway would be based on risk rather than geography.

He also said that people should invest in smoke alarms as they would have a better chance at saving a life.

IFESA says the comments are an insult to the dedication and professionalism of fire-fighters in the county.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, John Kidd from IFESA says management needs to be cut and not local fire stations.

Director of Services, Eugene Cummins explains that he was trying to say that smoke alarms would reduce the risk.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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