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GAA left with ground to make up after elite-sport exemption ended

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FLASHBACK: Yvonne Curtin, Kinvara, Carmel Lane, Ballinderreen, Teresa Curtin, Kinvara and Marguerite Lane, Ardrahan enjoying the Galway hurling dinner in the Radisson SAS Hotel in 2005.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

WELL, that was some communications balls-up! Since the turn of the year the GAA has been publicly signposting their plans for the year, but nobody in the Government or NPHET thought it worth their while to set the record straight with the country’s biggest sporting organisation . . . that inter-county matches or even training was no longer exempted from Level 5 Covid restrictions.

My word, it wasn’t as if the GAA was in complete hibernation since Christmas. Announcements had been made – and altered – in relation to the return of inter-county training and a calendar was drawn up for the year with the National Leagues originally scheduled to commence at the end of March.

Furthermore, it was in the public domain that the Tailteann Cup – a separate championship for Division Three and Four football teams – would have its inaugural staging in 2021, while a decision had been taken before Christmas that the inter county programme would be staged before the club championships this year . . . a reversal of what happened in 2020.

All of this attracted various forms of publicity and though the GAA had to push back the start of inter-county training on several occasions due to the big increase in Covid transmissions in late December, all the while nobody in the corridors of power in Croke Park was aware that any of these decisions were not theirs to make.

It beggars belief that the GAA wasn’t brought up to speed about their inter-county activity being no longer classified as an elite sport, with the result that nobody knows this week how the GAA season will evolve or when will it even start. As it stands, training at top flight level has been pushed back to at least April 4, with huge knock-on effects for their fixtures calendar. In reality, until the Government outlines its roadmap for lifting Covid restrictions next week, the GAA will have to twiddle their thumbs in frustration.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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