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Illicit cigarette use doubles in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The use of illicit cigarettes has doubled in the city in the last year.

New research carried out MS Intelligence shows that Galway is ranked sixth out of 22 cities and towns surveyed for the worst affected areas.

It examined discarded cigarette packets on the streets and in bins and found that over 30 percent of those located in the city were non-domestic.

This compares to over 15 percent for the same period last year.

The figures are being discussed at a city conference today examining the cost of illicit trade to Ireland’s economy.

It’s hosted by Grant Thornton and is being held in Radisson Blu hotel.

The President of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents Joe Sweeney is one of those taking part in a panel discussion.

The group says tobacco smuggling is continuing to grow and that plans for plain packaging will only provide for more counterfeiting.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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