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Galway TD proposes new legislation to target illegal dumping

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Legislation could be in place by the end of the year to target indiscriminate illegal dumping in locations such as the Curragh Line, Headford Road.
That’s according to Independent T.D Noel Grealish who has raised the issue with Environment Minister Denis Naughten.
Deputy Grealish is proposing that vehicles which are caught with illegal waste should be seized by gardaí.
The issue was raised by Fianna Fáil T.D Anne Rabbitte at a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee this week. (9/7)
She said she is not satisfied that illegal dumping in places such as Derrew near Killimor is being addressed.
Councillor ‘Moegie’ Maher said that more than 70 thousand euro has been secured to roll out covert cameras at 7 areas in all districts identified as illegal dumping hotspots.
Deputy Grealish, who also attended the JPC meeting said he hopes legislation to seize vehicles which are carrying waste to dump illegally, could be in place by the end of the year.
Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley said that there would be a huge burden on the State to store a lot of vehicles and he feels CCTV is a good deterrent.
Deputy Noel Grealish says illegal dumpers need to be hit where it hurts.

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Councillors approve €136m county Galway budget for 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A budget of €136m for the running of Co. Galway next year has been approved by Councillors this afternoon.

Several amendments were passed to the draft budget, such as increases for burial grounds and fire services across the county.

However, the difference was made up by taking funds from the local authority’s capital, or reserve, account rather than depriving other areas of the budget.

Councillors also agreed to provide funds from each municipal district to create a central fund to promote tourism across Galway.

Chief Executive Kevin Kelly has recognised that 2021 will bring challenges, but he’s confident that key services can be provided to meet the needs of the people of Galway.

Today’s approved budget of €136m for next year represents an increase of €8m on the figure for 2020.

County Cathaoirleach, Councillor James Charity, says it’s a relief the budget has been balanced, but more funding is needed – we’ll be looking at this in depth on FYI Galway from 5…

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Major step forward for plans to build new pedestrian structure adjacent to city’s Salmon Weir Bridge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a major step forward in long-running plans to construct a new pedestrian bridge across the Corrib in the city, adjacent to the Salmon Weir bridge.

The City Council has published a notice of application to An Bord Pleanála for approval, as well as notice for a compulsory purchase order for lands needed.

The proposed new footbridge would run parallel to the iconic Salmon Weir Bridge and would provide a safe river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between the city centre and Galway Cathedral – and onwards to NUI Galway.

It would be a three-span structure 24 metres downstream from the Salmon Weir Bridge, connecting Goal Road with Newtownsmith.

The need for the crossing has been long identified due to inadequate pedestrian and cyclist facilities on the existing bridge, which has a high volume of pedestrian, cycle and road traffic.

Under the Galway City Transport Strategy, the Salmon Weir Bridge would ultimately become a “public transport only bridge crossing”.

Galway City Council has now published a notice of application to An Bord Pleanála for approval for the new pedestrian bridge.

The plans are available on the Galway City Council website, or from the Planning offices at City Hall, until January 21st.

Meanwhile, the local authority has also issued a CPO notice for lands needed to construct the proposed new bridge.

Affected landowners have until Thursday January 21st to lodge objections with An Bord Pleanala.

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Three confirmed cases of Covid-19 being treated at Galway Hospitals today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three confirmed cases of Covid-19 receiving treatment at Galway hospitals today.

Two cases are being treated at UHG, while another is receiving treatment at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There’s been no confirmed cases of the virus at either hospital in the past 24 hours, but a number of suspected cases are being treated.

Of five suspected cases in total, four are at Portiuncula, with one at UHG.

Meanwhile, there are no Covid-19 patients at ICUs in either hospital.

Nationally, 253 people with the virus are being treated in Irish hospitals today – 36 of them in intensive care units.

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