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Galway senator calls for government response to flood damage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County and City Councils should not be expected to take on the entire cost of required repairs following recent storm damage.

That’s according to Galway Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh, who claims the government should respond to the recent devastation caused by the stormy conditions.

It follows earlier calls by City Councillor Peter Keane for the immediate provision of an emergency repair fund for businesses that have been damaged across the county.

Businesses in areas including the Spanish Arch, Salthill and Flood Street suffered extensive damage during yesterday’s storm.

In Connemara, ten houses in Ervellagh, west of Roundstone, remain cut off after the roads in the area were torn up by the storm.

Landowners along the Connemara coastline are today assessing the damage- walls were knocked, and piers, roads, graveyards and footpaths damaged.

It’s reported that the famous shipwreck, ‘The Plassy’ on the island of Inis Oirr has also been weather-damaged.

A major clean-up is continuing across the county this evening, but more stormy weather is forecast for tomorrow, and the city council have warned that there is the potential for more flooding.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Senator O’Clochartaigh says the government needs to respond.

Meanwhile, the Leisureland complex in Salthill remains closed for the next few days following extensive flood damage.

A combined heating unit, which was installed by the council last year, was damaged by fire when the leisure centre flooded at high tide yesterday morning.

The pool and gym were also submerged.

Councillor Peter Keane says the council will receive a report on the full extent of the damage this week.

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‘Elf Town’ to return to Galway Racecourse with 200 seasonal jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Elf Town has confirmed it’s returning to Galway this Christmas – and says it’ll create over 200 seasonal jobs.

The festive experience, which takes place at Galway Racecourse, is currently recruiting actors and event staff.

It’s billed as a magical 2 hour journey across 4 floors in 3 different buildings, including a visit with Santa.

Tickets for the event are available to book now, with shows taking place from November 23rd.

Aidan Phelan is a producer at Elf Town and outlines the jobs on offer.

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New RNLI Visitor Experience opens tomorrow on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy the new RNLI Visitor Experience on Inis Mór from Saturday 1st October.

The attraction is located in the boathall of the Aran Islands lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, which also hosts a new shop to raise funds for the charity.

The experience will explore 175 years of the RNLI’s history, include images, milestones, awards and rescue stories.

Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Michael Hernon, says the funds raised are vital:

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Demand for action on anti-social behavior at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demand has been made for action on anti-social behavior at the gates of Merlin Park Hospital.

Raising the matter at a meeting of the Health Forum West this week, Councillor Declan McDonnell said the old morgue is being used as a congegrating ground.

He said the issue is going on years – but there’s been little done – including an alleged lack of response from Gardaí.

The HSE executive accepted it has been an issue and said measures had been taken – but it will now look into further action.

Councillor McDonnell says its past time that something was done.

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