Date Published: 21-Jun-2011
By Denise McNamara
Thousands of householders were left without water for 24 hours – but Galway City Council has apologised for failing to communicate the planned water outage across much of the city and suburbs last week.
The supply for thousands of householders was cut off for up to 24 hours and left many of the best known restaurants and pubs struggling to stay open.
The water supply was planned to be cut from 9pm on Thursday to allow a new connection to a 450mm watermain as part of the major roadworks on the Seamus Quirke Road.
It was to affect the supply in Rahoon, the Westside, Shantalla, parts of Salthill and Knocknacarra until 6am on Friday. However the disruption spread much wider, cutting off water across the city centre, particularly hitting Dominick Street and the array of pubs and restaurants in this part of the west.
Some householders did not get reconnected until late Friday night, with low pressure particularly affecting Cruachán Park and Claremont Park and other areas experiencing significant air locks.
Some homes were worried about the quality of the water when it returned as it was reported to be cloudy across much of the affected areas.
Due to a “miscommunication error” the public was not informed ahead of the disruption.
“We got a considerable amount of flak from businesses – and restaurants in particular – for failing to notify them of the planned water outage,” a spokesman admitted.
“We put our hands up on Friday morning and apologised for the miscommunication error. Galway Bay FM did not put out the notice and it did not go out on the website. We did have a problem getting the message out but we’ve certainly learned our lesson.”
The out-of-hours phone service was inundated with callers on Thursday night asking why the water was cut and wanting to lodge a complaint. Dozens of calls were also taken by staff all day on Friday.
“There are a couple more connections to be done and there may be further outages. But we will definitely give sufficient notice in the future,” explained the spokesman.
“The main problem was that people didn’t expect it and couldn’t plan for it.”
Director of services for transport and infrastructure, recreation and amenity Ciarán Hayes apologised publicly for the mistake on Galway Bay FM.
And thousands more householders in Oranmore, Claregalway, Athenry, Tuam and Spiddal will be without water today (Tuesday) due to works being carried out on the Luimnigh water treatment plant.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.