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Lucky escape from major flooding during deluge

Dara Bradley

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Galway was ‘lucky’ to have escaped a major flooding event last weekend, according to the local authority.

A number of premises in Eyre Square, Flood Street, High Street and Cross Street suffered water damage from spot flooding, and there were some minor roads closures, including in Salthill, but Galway City Council said it could have been a lot worse.

“More than two inches of rain fell in Galway between Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon – that’s a lot of rain,” a spokesperson said.

“There was a high tide, as well, up to Tuesday and so we were lucky to an extent, that there weren’t high winds and that there wasn’t any overlapping of water (from the docks or mouth of the Corrib at Spanish parade) like what happened during Storm Eleanor.

“In a sense we were lucky, but these sorts of extreme weather events have become more and more frequent in the last 10 to 15 years. How do we cope with it? How do we deal with it? What does our roads and drainage crews do, going forward? We are working on a solution with Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, about long-term flood defences (at Spanish Arch), but that’s in the early stages of planning. We are currently inviting submissions to our draft Climate Adaptation Strategy, and these are the questions we’ll be dealing with,” he said.

The Council said it had taken measures to prevent flooding, but such was the deluge of rain last weekend, that the system couldn’t cope.

“Our roads crew and drainage guys had anticipated it, to a certain extent, because the weather forecast was for heavy rain, and the gullies had been jettisoned in advance but with that amount of rain, the sheer volume of water that fell, in heavy showers, it was monsoon like conditions, you just couldn’t allow for it,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway City shoppers ‘intimidated’ by scourge of street drinkers

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Street drinking and associated anti-social behaviour in Galway is dissuading customers from entering popular city centre stores.

The proprietor of a well-known business has raised concerns over “ongoing intimidating behaviour” outside shops on the city’s main thoroughfare.

“We have had customers turn away because they sometimes feel threatened by the atmosphere they encounter outside,” the store manager said.

Meanwhile, businesses ‘back the West’ are also concerned about drug dealing and drug taking in the area. Simon Heaslip, Chair of Galway’s Westend, said the area’s biggest problem is “open [drug] dealing in Pump Lane that takes place on a regular basis”.

“There is also a large amount of anti-social behaviour in Fr Burke Park with either underage drinking or drug dealing and drug taking,” Mr Heaslip said.

The concerns were communicated to Galway Business Watch, which held a meeting yesterday (Thursday) at Galway Chamber’s office to discuss retailers’ concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour. Galway Gardaí and Galway City Council representatives addressed the meeting.

Former mayor, Councillor Niall McNelis (Labour) said the experiences of both businesspeople was “startling”.

“I think it is startling that in the city centre you have examples of where policing is falling down,” said Cllr McNelis, a member of Galway City Joint Policing Committee (JPC).
This is a preview only. For full coverage and to read the Council statement in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Kids training next to heroin users ‘shooting up’

Denise McNamara

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Young people are training for a city rowing club while addicts are ‘shooting up’ heroin at all times of the day and night on a lane beside them without any fear from the authorities.

That was the claim made by Gerard Nally of Galway Rowing Club, who said his pleas for something to be done about the huge amounts of drugs paraphernalia left beside their boat shed at Waterside have been ignored.

There are very regularly between two and ten people using needles in an area located behind the ‘Plots’ in Woodquay between the old railway line, the rowing club boat shed and the Special Olympics Kayak Club and fronting onto Steamer’s Quay.

The ground is covered with drug paraphernalia such as syringes, empty vials of sterile water, disposable spoons (for ‘cooking up’ the drugs) and dozens of pocked-sized ‘sharps bins’, which are for the disposal of used syringes. The area is also littered with blackened squares of tin foil, which are used for smoking heroin.

“Kids are training in one room and guys shooting up next door,” Mr Nally exclaimed.

“We’ve been on and on to the [City Council] to clean this up and close it off and we’ve been onto councillors, but we don’t seem to be getting anyone to do anything about this. It’s been going on for years.”
This is a preview only. For full coverage and to read the Council statement in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Lidl plans new supermarket in the Westside

Enda Cunningham

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An aerial view of the entire Arch Motors site, adjacent to Aldi. Under the plan, the former showroom would be demolished and a new Lidl built, while Monaghan's filling station would not be affected.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – German discount supermarket chain Lidl has drawn up plans for a €3 million store on the site of the former Arch Motors in the Westside.

The company has applied to Galway City Council for permission to demolish part of the empty Arch Motors premises and construct a new foodstore and off licence.

The Monaghan’s filling station and shop will remain in situ and are not affected by the plans.

According to Lidl, the new supermarket would create between 40 and 50 jobs in construction and up to 25 full-time jobs when operational.

The supermarket chain said the new premises will be in addition to its existing stores at Headford Road and Doughiska, and the planned store in Knocknacarra, which is currently a separate application before the City Council.

“The subject site is currently significantly underutilised despite its strategic location adjoining and functioning as part of the existing Westside District Centre. The applicant is seeking to secure the beneficial use of the site and its redevelopment will considerably enhance the appearance of the site and its contribution to the established commercial area at Westside,” the application reads.
This is a preview only. For full coverage and to read the Council statement in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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