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Kilrickle – the Galway village without drinking water

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Kilrickle, the village without water

Many households are dreading the new water charges – but one East Galway village would love to be in a position to pay them.

Residents and businesses in Kilrickle say they would have no difficulty paying water charges . . . if they were provided with a water supply in the first place.

Because the village is one of the very few in the country that does not have either a public or private water supply.

Now, local residents and businesses say that a water charge would be acceptable – if they were provided with a clean supply.

Local publican Dessie O’Brien said that it cost him around €1,000 a year to filter-clean the water he provides for his customers.

He collects rain water which he uses in his premises but the filtering of this water to his customers is proving hugely expensive.

“At the moment I would have no difficulty in paying €250 to the Government if they provided me with water in the morning.

“Recently I had a 21st birthday party in my pub and discovered that I had no water in my tanks to accommodate a funeral the following Monday.

“Fortunately, it poured rain in the meantime which meant that I could actually host the funeral party because, otherwise, my business would be in shreds”, Dessie O’Brien admitted.

Mr. O’Brien said that there was a business premises up for sale but it would be very difficult to sell it as it did not have a public water supply.

Residents in and around Kilrickle are one of the few villages in the country which does not have a piped water supply.  Collecting rainwater or boring wells is their only form of supply.

At one stage they were told that a pipe would be provided from Loughrea to the village at a cost to each of the 132 residents who are demanding a water supply.

But they have since learned that the pipe will only come to Kilmeen Cross (at the junction to the Portumna road) and this has not gone down very well.

The campaign to bring piped water to the village of Kilrickle has been ongoing for a quarter of a century and without success.

There have been announcements and promises of a public water supply being provided to the village and its 132 households but they have been let down on each occasion.

It is estimated that it will cost in the region of €2 million to provide Kilrickle with a water supply but the funding for such a project is not available.

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50 domestic abuse 999 calls to Galway Gardaí cancelled

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s Garda Chief has committed to a ‘root and branch investigation’ after an internal review unearthed over 50 domestic abuse calls that were cancelled by local Gardaí.

An internal Garda inquiry has revealed that nationally, members of the force cancelled between 3,000 and 4,000 domestic abuse-related ‘999’ calls between 2019 and 2020.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Monday, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told members that the inquiry found 53 such calls in the Galway Division.

He said he had been tasked by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to sift through the calls and follow up on how they were handled by Gardaí.

“In relation to domestic incidents where calls were cancelled, I have 53 from my division. I am carrying out a root and branch investigation and perhaps at the next JPC meeting, I will be able to give an update of the findings.

“I have only listened to a number of the calls at the moment and I’d rather be in possession of the full facts before commenting any further,” said Chief Supt Curley.
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Councillor claims dealers are using jet skis to bring drugs to Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Drugs are being delivered into the city by jet skis coming down the Corrib, a meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) heard on Monday.

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said there had been reports of dealers using jet skis to come down the river from areas around Headford and Cong, dropping deliveries in the city without fear of detection.

“Do we have a Garda water unit in Galway City to deal with that,” asked Cllr Fahy.

The Chief Superintendent, Tom Curley, said he was not aware of the practice but if anyone had any information on these deliveries, they should bring it to Gardaí.

“We haven’t got a water unit in the city but there is one in Athlone that is available to us any day of the week,” he added.

This came as the JPC was informed that drugs seizures have soared in the city, with year-on-year figures for detection of dealing up 84% in the first five months of 2021.
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Walk-in Covid test facility to open in city centre next week

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Galway City Tribune – A new walk-in Covid testing centre will open in the old tourist office off Forster Street next Tuesday.

The centre will replace the one at NUIG, where students were being encouraged to get tested without an appointment if they showed symptoms or were close contacts of somebody who tested positive.

It will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

The new location will be a more convenient base for people visiting the city to check for the virus over the coming weeks as the tourist season ramps up.

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