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Meeting to look at Galway’s traffic crisis

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A meeting will be held on Monday evening in the Clayton Hotel to try and find a solution to the chronic traffic congestion in the Galway area.

After the plan to place Gardaí on duty to ease traffic congestion at Parkmore fell through due to health and safety concerns, Galway City Council have been exploring new solutions.

Organiser of the meeting, Councillor Peter Keane said that it would inform the public of their new plans as well as give people a platform to make their concerns heard.

“The purpose of the meeting is to give the public the information that they don’t currently have about the works goings on behind the scenes.

“We’re just trying to tease out some of the things that are being discussed and proposed and obviously to listen to people’s concerns which is what we’re there for,” Cllr Keane said.

Cllr Keane said that in attendance at the meeting will be traffic management consultants, Fianna Fáil TDs Anne Rabbitte, Eamonn Ó Cuív and Timmy Dooley, as well as various local representatives.

Cllr Keane also revealed that he hopes to have someone from CIÉ Bus Éireann attending the meeting but that he couldn’t confirm that as of yet.

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Communications, Environment & Natural Resources, Timmy Dooley will provide valuable insight, Cllr Keane said, as he came through a similar situation with a bypass in Ennis.

Cllr Keane said the real key to solving the traffic crisis is the Galway City ringroad but he admits that it’s highly unlikely to be completed by 2024.
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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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