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Mayor hits out at removal of festival signage in Salthill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Mayor of Galway Padraig Conneely has hit out at city officials for removing recently erected festival flags from the Salthill area.

The signs were erected for the finals of the Aerlingus International Hurling Festival which takes place at Pearse Stadium on Saturday September 21st.

The tournament will feature 16 International teams competing in four groups of four, with the eventual winners crowned on the 21st.

A spokesperson for the City Council says the banners and signs were removed by the Roads Department because they were a significant danger to the public and to road users.

A statement adds that the signs were erected without any contact with, or permission from Galway City Council.

Groups seeking permission are required to submit written proposals to the Council at least 10 days in advance.

However Mayor Padraig Conneely told Galway Talks their removal was ‘heavy-handed’ and negotiation could have resolved the issue.

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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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