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Garda chief says zero tolerance approach during Galway festivals is impossible

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division says it’s a ‘physical impossibility’ to police the bye-laws in relation to outdoor drinking during large festivals in the city.

Speaking at this week’s Joint Policing Committee, Tom Curley said he organised a glass-free zone in the Latin Quarter area in 2007 which has been successful.

Councillor Frank Fahy told the meeting that he feels companies like Diageo shouldn’t be able to take over the city on days such as Arthur’s Day.

He added that he regularly sees bottles being used as weapons.

Chief Superintendent Curley there could be up to 30 thousand people on Quay Street and Shop Street during festivals and he doesn’t have the manpower to monitor every single breach of a bye-law.

The Chief Superintendent said that a lot of money is generated for Galway by various festivals such as the Races and the Arts Festival and said ‘we can’t lose sight of that’.

The Chief says that Garda preparations for the Races will begin shortly and that they can tailor their policy to make it safer.

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Mairéad Farrell claims rural businesses discriminated against by energy support scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell is claiming small rural businesses are being discriminated against by a new scheme.

The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme supports businesses with their energy bills but does not cover LPG gas or oil.

Deputy Farrell says many off-the-grid homes and businesses rely on LPG for energy access.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Mairéad Farrell says business owners should speak up on the impacts the exclusion is having.

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Claims Galway Ring Road case “defining moment” for national transport policy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An engineering expert says the Galway Ring Road case is a “defining moment” for national transport policy.

Brian Caulfield is a Professor of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

He says this can be seen as a test case – which effectively puts public transport up against private transport.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Professor Caulfield says he believes there needs to be massive investment in public transport outside Dublin.

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Galway registered over 2,000 new .ie websites in 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 2,000 new .ie websites were registered by Galway organisations last year.

According to the .IE Domain Profile Report for 2022, Galway recorded the third highest level of such registrations.

Last year’s figures found there was an increase of almost 10 percent in .ie domain registered in Galway versus pre-pandemic.

Nationally, there were almost 50,000 new .ie domains registered, with around 10 percent of them in Connacht.

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