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Homeowners claim elevated road increases potential for floods



A home owner living along the main Galway to Roscommon road claims that works to elevate the road outside his gate have left in danger of being flooded next winter.

John O’Brien – who farms land near Abbeyknockmoy – says that the potential run-off of water in the event of a prolonged period of heavy rainfall would result in his home suffering water damage.

Resident and farmer John O’Brien told The Connacht Tribune that the elevated N63 is now up to the top of his outside wall and it is an issue that he has taken up with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

He has expressed the fear that it will result in his home being flooded in the event of continuous rainfall. He has demanded that safeguards be put in place to ensure that this will not happen.

He has been in contact with Galway County Council and TII with a view to sorting the problem out but with little success. He has been forced to seek legal advice in relation to the matter.

Works have been ongoing along the main N63 for the past two years, resulting in a controversial stop-go system which has caused major traffic delays.

Mr O’Brien said that the road is now three feet above the level of what was envisaged when the realignment process was first started.

He has asked Galway County Council to provide flood relief measures at his home to prevent a water run-off from happening.

He resides close to the Brooklodge Estate and in a location where a major road realignment is taking place. The N63 road works have been taking place for the past two years.

He said that the new road is now up to the top of his front wall and it will result in problems down the line and particularly in relation to flooding.

According to Mr O’Brien there was no consultation when it came to the construction of the new road and he did not realise the implications of what would be happening.

“The construction of the new road was something that was done without little consultation. The road was raised to a level that we did not expect.

“We have been on to the Council and TII but we are getting nowhere. This is like a flood waiting to happen.

“The Council have been contacted and we want a system in place that will take flood waters away but there is no guarantee that this will happen,” Mr O’Brien added.

Meanwhile, Cllr Pete Roche from Abbeyknockmoy said that he had secured funding for flood relief measures in the area and they would be implemented over the coming months.

But he has lashed out at the fact that the works on the N63 are taking so long and are, at the moment, running around six months behind schedule.

“There is a major issue with the contractors involved in the works and Galway County Council. The road design is a major issue for local householders and so too is the time involved,” Cllr Roche added.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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