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Galway below national average for recycling waste electrical equipment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average person in Galway recycled 8.2 kilos of waste electrical and electronic equipment in 2016 according to WEEE Ireland.
While this figure is over the European target of 8 kilograms, it’s 1.8 kilos short of the national average of 10kilos.
In 2016, Galway recycled 12 per cent more waste electrical goods than the previous year.
Compliance Manager with WEEE Ireland, Elizabeth O’Reilly says that while it may be tempting to put small electrical goods in the bin, they should be recycled.

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Decision on Galway ring road proposal encounters further delay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The decision date on the proposed Galway city ring road has been pushed back for a second time until the end of August.

An Bord Pleanála was due to issue its decision on the controversial project later this week having already extended the initial target date from the end of April.

The proposed N6 GCRR is made up of a 5.6 kilometres of single carriageway from 2 kilometres west of Barna Village to the Ballymoneen Road and 11.9 kilometres of dual carriageway from Ballymoneen Road to the eastern tie-in with the N6 at Coolagh, Briarhill.

The plans are expected to impact 500 landowners, 44 houses and 11 businesses.

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has expressed disappointment at the further delay saying it has extended the agony for dozens of families whose homes are under threat of demolition.

Deputy Grealish said that the news is a real blow to the 54 families whose homes are to be demolished or acquired to make way for the ring road, adding that some of them were receiving medical attention for the stress and anxiety caused by the whole project.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he called on An Bord Pleanála to ensure that there would be no further hold-ups, and that a final decision would be issued in August.

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Galway West TD urges government to stand up for Irish fishermen as protestors gather over drop in quota

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell has urged the government to stand up for Irish fishermen and end what she describes as the long-running injustices in the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

Her comments come ahead of a protest of fishing families due to take place this morning outside the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Fishermen are protesting over a drop in quota due to Brexit and the fact the deal will only allow them to catch 15% of fish in Irish waters.

Organisations have warned up to four thousand jobs in the fishing and processing industry could be lost.

Deputy Farrell argues a statement of intent is now needed from government that they will fight tooth and nail for Ireland’s fair share of the fish in our waters when the Common Fisheries Policy is revisited.

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, says the government is trying to secure more quota for Irish vessels.

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216 submissions received on public realm enhancement proposal for Market Square in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 216 submissions have been received in relation to the proposal to enhance Market Square in Athenry.

The Market Square public realm enhancement project opened for public submissions last month.

It sets out to reimagine the town centre by investing in what is described as “quality of life and quality of experience”.

Six options have been put forward by Galway County Council as part of the preliminary design stage.

These include options for the pedestrianisation of Davis Street and Burke’s Lane after 11am and the creation of a public plaza.

The public consultation will feed in to the overall analysis of all the options to determine the preferred option.

This will be carried out by the appointed consultants LUC and should be determined in the coming weeks.

Athenry Traders Group, which represents over 80 businesses in Athenry, says it’s deeply unhappy with the six options presented and argues the document goes directly against their submission.

The campaigners have highlighted their vision to include a town that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly and also open to slow moving traffic following the examples of Castlebar and Westport.

The group has raised concerns over a range of issues including the pedestrianisation of the town centre, the consideration of a new plaza area at Market Square and the alleged lack of sufficient disability access.

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