Milltown has been named the winner of the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition in Galway.
It scored 327 points while Abbey was highly commended following just a point behind and Monivea was commended.
Galway city centre scored 310 marks, and the committee is very pleased with that result.
Woodford in south Galway won the county’s Endeavour Award with an improvement of almost 5 per cent on its mark since last year.
The SuperValu School Award for the West and North West region has been given to the Loving Leftovers project at Belmont and Milltown National Schools.
Abbey Tidy Towns won the national Water and Communities Award while Milltown’s Heritage Food project won the Heritage Award.
The Tree Project Award went to Athenry Tidy Towns while Galway City Centre took home a silver medal award in its population category.
Meanwhile, Ireland’s Tidiest Small town has been named as Listowel in Co. Kerry.
The tidiest village is Glaslough in Monaghan, while Westport in Co. Mayo is the tidiest large town.
Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre is Ballincollig in Co. Cork.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.