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Gardaí warn of festive roads blitz in Galway

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Over 60 checkpoints per day are being set up across the Garda Western Region as the Christmas road safety campaign switches into top gear for the peak of the holiday season.

Gardai have made a renewed appeal to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to abide by seven principles that they say would massively reduce the risk of serious accidents, death and injury on the roads this Christmas.

According to Acting Regional Traffic Superintendent for the Western Region, Ernie White, adherence to the following seven-point plan could make a major contribution to a reduction in road deaths and serious injuries this Christmas on our roads.

■ Never, ever drink and drive or while under the influence of drugs.
■ Slow down and always remember that a speed limit is a legal maximum. Road and weather conditions must be taken into account.
■ Regardless of how short a journey is, always ensure that everyone in the vehicle wears their seat belts.
■ Distraction driving has to be avoided at all costs. Mobile phone and ipad usage as well as fatigue are the ones to watch here.
■ The onus is on you as a driver never to drive carelessly or dangerously such as reckless overtaking manoeuvres or driving too close to the vehicle in front of you.
■ Have your vehicle in good mechanical/working order with lights, brakes and tyres all checked out properly.
■ Cyclists and pedestrians should wear high visibility clothing (even during daylight hours) but especially so during the hours of darkness. Bicycles should be properly it up: cyclists should abide by the rules of the road.

Supt. White also warned driver who have consumed alcohol ‘the night before’ to take a taxi or public transport if they are in any doubt about their driving.

“Nearly one in eight (12%) of all drink driving arrests occur between 8am and 2pm, and of those, almost one third happen on a Sunday, peaking between 8am and 2pm.

“It is critical from the point of view of road safety that drivers do not risk driving the morning after a night out. It is just not worth the chance if you are still over the legal limit,” said Supt. White.

He also warned passengers never to take a lift from someone who had consumed alcohol or drugs. “Drink driving destroys lives. At worst, you could lose your licence but far worse – and far more difficult to live with – is the possibility of seriously injuring or killing someone on the roads,” he said.

In the Garda Western Region – Galway, Mayo, Clare, Roscommon and Longford – 25 people have lost their lives so far through the course of 2017. Eleven of those deaths were in Mayo, six in Galway, four in Roscommon, three in Clare and one in Longford.

Supt. White has also warned motorists of the risk of driver fatigue, pointing out that this could be a contributory factor in 20% of all driver deaths on Irish roads as well as impacting on other road users.

“Drivers need to factor breaks into their journeys, especially if travelling with children. Ensure that you are rested before commencing a journey and if feeling tired, pull over, take a 15 to 20 minute nap followed by a cup of coffee and some fresh air.

“Remember, don’t try and fight sleep at the wheel. Turning up the radio or opening the windows will not cure tiredness. The only cure is rest and sleep,” he said.

The Christmas/New Year Garda road safety campaign that began on December 1 last will continue through to Monday, January 8 next.

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New chapter beckons for dilapidated old houses in Ballinasloe

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Cllr Dermot Connolly, SF leader Mary Lou Mc Donald, Galway/Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane, and Caoimhin Caulfield, Ballinasloe, at the Dunlo Hill regeneration project in Ballinasloe.

Plans to redevelop a row of empty terraced houses and an old famous bar will breathe new life into Ballinasloe.

Cathaoirleach of Ballinasloe Municipal District, Councillor Dermot Connolly (SF), said the Galway County Council has shown vision by buying seven terraced houses along Dunlo Hill, as well as the closed Dooley’s Bar on the corner of Dunlo Hill and Dunlo Street.

Local authority plans for the site will rejuvenate that street, and give an overall lift to the entire East County Galway town.

Liam Hanrahan, Director of Services for Housing, Economic, Rural and Community Development, confirmed to the Connacht Tribune that the local authority purchased seven two-storey dwellings, a three-storey over basement premises – formerly Dooley’s Pub – and another adjacent three storey building for a total of €390,000.

“The tender for the design team was run in conjunction with another infill development in Ballinasloe and that team is currently being appointed to bring forward the Part 8 planning for 12-15 units – a mix of one and two-bedroom units. We are examining what can be done with the pub unit, a protected premises, as a community hub or other town centre use,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Barn Owls are bouncing back in Galway

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The Barn Owl....returning in droves to Galway.

The Barn Owl is bouncing back all over the county – that’s the key finding of a recent survey which recorded an upsurge in the fortunes of this iconic farmland bird, now returning to parts of the county where they have been absent for decades.

The survey was carried out by BirdWatch Ireland in partnership with the Heritage Office of Galway County Council, and it’s great news for a bird that had become an increasingly rare sight around the county in recent decades.

Surveys show that Barn Owls were widespread in the east of the county in the late 1960s, but 40 years later their numbers had diminished, and their range had contracted significantly in east Galway and they were incredibly rare west of Lough Corrib.

However, the survey – carried out by BirdWatch Ireland in partnership with Galway County Council with the support of the National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund – provides cause for optimism and the first evidence that the fortunes of Barn Owls may be changing in east Galway.

The Barn Owl survey enlisted the help of farmers and the general public who reported information on Barn Owls across the county, and the survey also involved systematically checking a wide range of ruined structures, which are the typical nesting sites of Barn Owl.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Spatial jobs strategy is still stuck in first gear

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Accusation...Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn.

Commuters in Athenry and Oranmore are having to spend hours travelling to congested urban areas for work while policymakers renege on commitments to deliver industry locally.

That’s according to a local councillor who said the failure of the IDA to attract inward investment to Oranmore-Athenry Strategic Economic Corridor amounted to an ‘abandonment’ of local residents.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn said despite having a commitment in local and national plans to attract industry into what amounts to around 500 acres in Athenry and Oranmore, nothing had come of it.

“We are now entering into the second County Development Plan where we have this ‘Strategic Economic Corridor’, and it was in the National Planning Framework.

“They appear to have abandoned the area and while we’ve seen IDA and Enterprise Ireland get investment for places like Tuam and Parkmore, they appear to be only investing in existing businesses, while doing nothing to attract new industry and indigenous firms to this area,” blasted the Fianna Fáil councillor.

At a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District, Cllr Herterich Quinn secured the backing of local area councillors to write to the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Leo Varadkar, seeking assurances that steps were being taken to bring jobs to the area.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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