Galway Bay fm newsroom – Water restrictions are to be imposed in the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas of Connemara from tonight, as demand across the county increases.
Irish Water has issued a warning that further restrictions will have to be imposed in other areas if supply is not conserved.
Night-time restrictions are to be introduced on the Ballyconneely water treatment plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future.
Due to a major increase in demand, supply to Clarenbridge Water Tower is not sufficient to meet demand and customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve supply.
Irish Water has warned that night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.
Water restrictions are also in place on Inis Oirr nightly from 11pm to 7am and customers on Inis Mór and Inis Meain are also being asked to be mindful of their water consumption at this critical time.
Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, Ballinasloe and Galway City to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell continues.
Irish Water’s Drought Management Team is meeting daily and is monitoring water supplies and demand around the country.
1,345 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,345* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 141 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 25 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are currently experiencing high incidence of COVID-19 across many counties. There has been a significant increase in hospitalization over the last fortnight.
“Please continue to avoid crowded spaces, keep distance from others, keep indoor settings well ventilated by opening windows and doors, wear a mask where appropriate.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “87% of cases today are in those aged less than 45 years. If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice.
“Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Please get vaccinated as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.”
County Councillors vote by narrow margin against any increase to Local Property Tax
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors today decided by a one vote majority to maintain the Local Property Tax at its present rate in the County despite a strong request from management for an increase.
C.E.O., Jim Cullen, told todays meeting that the Council was seriously hampered for the want of money and he sought a 15% increase in the property tax to stabilise the situation.
CEO Jim Cullen set the scene in stark terms. At this stage it looks like spending will exceed income to the tune of €4.6m. next year. An increase of 15% in the property tax was the only realistic short-term option to stem the tide, Mr Cullen said.
The CEO stated that the increase would enable the maintenance of services and give the Council a stronger hand in looking for more money from the Government in Dublin. Galway has lagged behind similar sized Counties for years in the amount of money it gets from Central Government – €740 per person in Galway as again’st €1,257 per person in Mayo. .
Councillors such as James Charity, Joe Sheridan and Dáithí Ó Cualáin said they were not persuaded that there would be extra money from Government funds even if the Property Tax was increased.
Councillor Albert Dolan turned the tables around and proposed a 15% reduction in the Propery Tax but that was heavily defeated. Councillor Joe Beirne and Thomas Welby put a motion to the floor supporting a 15% increase and this was defeated by one vote …..17 for and 16 again’st with 5 abstentions.
The net result is no change in the property tax in Co Galway this year.
Three people died on Galway roads in first six months of 2021
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 3 people have died on Galway roads in the first six months of this year.
That’s according to figures from the Road Safety Authority, which show that nationally, 65 people have died on Irish roads between January and July 15th.
Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 11, followed by Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Louth which each had 5.
The research found that rural roads, with speed limits of 80km per hour or higher, are the most likely places for a fatal collision to occur.
RSA CEO Sam Waide says counties Leitrim, Clare, Offaly, Laois and Carlow had no fatalities during this time.
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