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Menlo school gives lesson in traffic control

Denise McNamara

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A city school has adopted a three-pronged approach in dealing with increased traffic volumes during school pick-up and drop-off times.

When Scoil Bhríde in Menlo opened in its new state-of-the art eight-room building in September 2014, it attracted more pupils from adjoining suburbs to one of the last remaining intact heritage villages on the curtilage of Galway City.

But with them came an increase in traffic volumes as well as concerns about child safety.

So a working group was set up made up of parents, residents, teachers and school board members to look at ways in which the school community could promote good school traffic flow while keeping the students safe.

“Every school in Galway has issues with school traffic; there are not enough parking spaces or pull-in zones which leads to congested roads at drop-off and pickup times,” explained parent Karen McGuire

“We wanted to be creative in addressing school traffic flow and to encourage road users to think about the child; and to see the message from the child’s perspective.”

They came up with the idea of creating cartoon child figures to encourage parents not to park dangerously or reverse in the drop-off zone.

A local artist and parent Catherine Creaven designed kid-sized characters which were printed on corriboard and cut out to form 3ft high signs sitting on traffic cones.

The child figures hold different signs saying: Go Mall, Stop! Paístí Crossing, Set Down Only and No Reversing and these are placed in key areas in front of the school.

“The figures are really colourful and eye-catching and have really helped to bring awareness to child road safety,” says Karen.

A Traffic Code of Conduct was also developed which contains guidelines for parents to follow along with a map of where it is safe and appropriate to park.  Each family were asked to sign the code, indicating their intention to follow the guidelines.

“This has definitely led to a positive change in traffic flow. People are more aware of the whole issue of road safety. We have installed orange traffic poles to mark off our zebra crossing and to keep the area clear of cars at pick-up times,” explained Karen.

This year for the first time a school bus has been organised, which has also succeeded in taking up to 20 cars off the school run. The bus travels from Ballinfoile down to Bothar an Chóiste up to Ballindooley Cross before arriving at Menlo.

The introduction of a ‘before and after’ school service has also staggered the times that parents arrive to bring home their charges.

School Principal Máire De Brún said it was vital the school continues to be proactive in promoting road safety.

“When you hear about that 11-year-old boy in Offaly getting knocked down on his bike while travelling to school, it really hits home what a massive issue road safety is for school children. If we can do anything to take more cars off the road and make the roads around the school safe, we will pursue it.”

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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