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Galway Gardai to get legal advice about charity collectors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City’s Joint Policing Committee is calling for a charity regulator to be appointed immediately to monitor people who collect cash for charity.

Councillor Donal Lyons told a meeting of the committee this week that a letter should be written to the Department of Justice calling for the appointment.

He said that many people are concerned about some charity collectors on city streets who can be quite pushy when trying to collect donations.

Chief Superintendent, Tom Curley said Galway Gardaí cannot control who gets issued a charity collection permit at the District Court in Dublin.

He said that around 4 thousand permits are granted in Galway each year, but sometimes collectors get a permit in Dublin and come to Galway to collect.

Mayor of Galway Padraic Conneely told the meeting that he’s aware of one person who collects for charity who has a criminal record and another who is quite aggressive.

He said he will call Gardaí the next time he encounters these individuals.

Chief Superintendent Curley said he accepts that most people are trying to collect for a worthwhile cause.

He added that he would consult with his legal department and make representations to the Attorney General regarding legislation.

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LISTEN: Gort/Kinvara Councillor says that Irish Water have serious questions to answer following lifting of Boil Water Notice

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Gort Kinvara Councillor has welcomed the lifting of the long running Boil Water Notice on the Gort Public Water Supply but has said that serious questions must be answered on the unacceptable delay.

The Boil Water Notice was put in place four months ago due to a mechanical fault at the water treatment plant which impacted the disinfection process and was lifted yesterday following the completion of remedial works, and the receipt of satisfactory monitoring results.

However, Councillor Joe Byrne, while welcoming the lifting of the Boil Water Notice, has said that Irish Water must answer serious questions regarding the upgrading of the Filter System in July of last year,

Councillor Byrne explained why when speaking to Galway Bay FM News:

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LISTEN: Galway Rural Development among Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Operators to win prestigious UN Award

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme that was delivered by Galway Rural Development across Co Galway during the pandemic has won the prestigious 2022 UN Public Services Award in the category ‘Institutional Resilience and Innovative Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic’.

The Awards, announced on United Nations Public Service Day, placed a focus on creating and sustaining partnerships for public service delivery and building back better from COVID-19 to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme or SICAP is delivered across Ireland by community-led Local Development Companies’, funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded from the European Social Fund.

Speaking to John Mulligan on Galway Bay FM News following the announcement, CEO of Galway Rural Development Steve Dolan said this award is recognition of the work of the community groups involved as well as GRD:

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Status Yellow weather alert remains in place for Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Status Yellow rain warning remains in place for Galway and Mayo until 6pm this evening.

Further heavy showers or longer spells of rain today may lead to spot flooding in places.

A Status Yellow Gale warning is also in place until 9pm tonight from Loop Head to Erris Head to Bloody Foreland.

A Small Craft warning has been issued for all coasts of Ireland with Cyclonic variable winds reaching force 6 or higher on all Irish coasts until 11pm.

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