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Mayor wants horses banned from city estates

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bye-laws should be introduced banning horses in all residential estates in the city.

That’s according to Mayor of Galway, Terry O’ Flaherty.

In one of her last acts in the role of mayor, Councillor O’ Flaherty says the ‘scourge of wandering horses’ needs to be addressed once and for all by the Council.

The call comes as the Irish Independent reports that 154 horses have been seized by the City Council since 2008, at a cost of 96 thousand euro.

In the county, 318 horses were seized by the Council since 2008 at a cost of 38 thousand euro, of which 107 were euthanised.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Mayor O’ Flaherty says it’s cruelty to the horses and dangerous for the public.

Meanwhile, six thousand abandoned horses nationally have reportedly been put down over the past five years.

80 percent of those have been since 2011.

The ‘euthenising’ of stray horses by local authorities is believed to have cost the tax payer 12-and-a-half million euro.

Gillian Bird from the DSPCA says action urgently needs to be taken.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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