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Minister committed to Inish More ferry service

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Minister for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, says he is committed to resolving a situation regarding a ferry service for the Aran island of Inis Mór.

The issue was raised in the Seanad by Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor O’ Clochartaigh.

He wanted the Minister to clarify what discussions are ongoing with the community in Inis Mór about providing a year-round full-time ferry service to the mainland.

The Public Service Obligation contract ended in January last year and tenders were advertised for the route, however no company expressed interest.

The company currently operating the service says it’s not sustainable unless Government funding is provided.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator O’ Clochartaigh asked for the Minister for the Gaeltacht to intervene and responding on his behalf, Minister Seán Sherlock said he’s committed to seeing a resolution:

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Galway pupils collect 5 tonnes of litter through “Picker Pals” programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway schools collected 5 tonnes of litter for their schools last year – through the 2021 Picker Pals programme.

66 different schools across the county took part in the national initiative – which aims to encourage children to contribute to a better environment through fun-based activities.

With 75 spaces still available on this year’s programme – schools are being encouraged to get involved once again.

Programme Manager, Angela Kenny – says the feedback from pupils, teachers and parents has been hugely positive.

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City Council defends issuing of zero fines for dog fouling last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has moved to defend the fact it issued no fines for dog fouling last year.

It was one of several local authorities nationwide who failed to issue fines – but it points out that it has achieved significant reductions in dog fouling through other initiatives.

Dog poo – for many, a blight on the landscape all too commonly found abandoned on our streets, footpaths, amenity areas and green spaces.

And if you don’t pick up after your dog, you can face an on the spot fine of €150.

But in Galway City, there wasn’t a single fine issued last year.

The county fared little better, with just two fines issued by Galway County Council.

Galway City Council says it should be noted that litter fines for dog fouling are hard to issue, because the warden has to catch the dog in the act.

It adds it’s also difficult to get details of the person responsible for the dog.

But it does point to the successful rollout of the “Clean It Up, You Dirty Pup” campaign last June at various locations across Galway City.

The initiative, which worked closely with local communities, led to a reduction of 60 percent in dog fouling in 5 trial areas over a 6 week period.

Image by Adriano Gadini from Pixabay

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Garda appeal over office furniture dumped and burned in Castlegar

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are appealing for information after a large haul of office furniture was dumped and burned in Castlegar.

The incident took place at Ballintemple/Brocklagh during Race Week between the 25th and the 31st of July.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí or Galway County Council Waste Management.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Garda Marcus Flynn has this advice for anyone who has doubts about waste management contractors.

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