Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 70 thousand tonnes of waste was collected across the city and county in 2012.
A report published by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that over 47 thousand tonnes were disposed of in the county, and a further 23 thousand in the city.
County households recycled 10 thousand 700 tonnes of waste in 2012, while city homes recycled almost 5 thousand tonnes.
3 thousand tonnes of waste from county homes were disposed of at bring banks in the period, and 16 hundred tonnes from city households.
In the city, the brown bin collection recorded over 5 thousand 200 tonnes, while the county figure stood at 2 thousand 400.
Nationally, 2012 was the first year that the percentage tonnage of municipal waste recovered exceeded the percentage tonnage disposed.
The EPA says this reflects a combination of measures including an increase in the use of municipal waste as a fuel and increases in the landfill levy for disposal of waste to landfill.
The report also states that all EU waste reduction targets are on-track.
However there are some concerns regarding achievement of future targets such as 2015 end-of-life-vehicle recycling and recovery targets, and 2016 targets for collection of portable batteries.
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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.
Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.
Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.
However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.
Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.
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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.
At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.
They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.
They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.
For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.
Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.
However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.
It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.
Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.