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‘Nice guy’ McNelis loses the rag with Our Nuala

Dara Bradley



Former Labour comrades Niall McNelis and Nuala Nolan, pictured here in happier times, ‘had words’ on social media

Bradley Bytes – A Sort of Political Column with Dara Bradley

Nuala Nolan, the former Labour Party City Councillor, turned unsuccessful Aontú local election candidate, is known for her musings on social media.

Be it ramblings about Galway City Council, what’s on television that day, or maybe just reposting wise old sayings, Our Nuala keeps her Facebook followers informed.

Not everyone is happy with this, including her former Labour colleague, City Councillor Niall McNelis.

On the eve of Christmas Eve, a burst pipe near her home in Bowling Green had flooded the road opposite Sally Long’s. Our Nuala phoned City hall to have it fixed.

And, as she said herself, because a picture paints a thousand words, she posted a photograph of the leaking pipe on her Facebook page, and tagged a few elected members in it . . . probably hoping that they might be able to have the problem rectified sooner rather than later.

McNelis was unimpressed.

“Christ, Nuala,” he replied snottily. “Is your solution to every problem in this city a photo?” he asked. “Call the out-of-hours number,” he thundered. Of course, she had phoned the Council . . . and got nowhere.

In a separate contribution, Niall McNelis told Nuala that they (Council staff), were too busy to be looking at her Facebook posts.

Contrast that with Ollie Crowe’s response. The Fianna Fáil councillor informed Our Nuala that he’d just been off the phone to Irish Water, and City Council staff would be there in 15 minutes. They would be turning off the water to investigate the matter and he’d update her later in the day, said Oliver.

One hour and 39 minutes after Ollie’s response, Niall was back on Facebook essentially relaying the same message. The water was turned off, a major job was being done in the city and the Council team would be in later that evening, he said. “I rang City Hall and got that info,” he added, a dig intimating that she should have done the same.

Maybe he was having an off day, or maybe there’s just no love loss between the two former Labour Comrades.

But McNelis, a former mayor, is the Labour Party spokesperson on tourism – hopefully he’s more patient and polite with visitors to the city than he was with Our Nuala.

*For more Bradley Bytes see this week’s Galway City Tribune


Council to consider new pedestrian ‘plaza’ for Galway City

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors will be asked next month to consider a sweeping overhaul of traffic flow in the city centre as the local authority seeks to create a more pedestrian-friendly core in the wake of Covid-19.

Currently under proposal in City Hall are major alterations to traffic flow which will allow for restricted car access to Middle Street – creating additional outdoor seating space for businesses in the area struggling to cope amid social distancing requirements.

Senior Engineer at City Hall, Uinsinn Finn, said they are currently considering three different proposals to alter traffic flow on Merchants Road, Augustine Street and Flood Street to reduce the need for car access to Middle Street, while still maintaining access for residents.

“We already pedestrianised Cross Street and we will be maintaining that, and there will be a proposal for Middle Street and Augustine Street.

“Businesses in the area are very much in favour of pedestrianisation – one business has objections but the others are supportive. Another consideration is that there are residents there with parking spaces and we are trying to encourage people to live in the city centre,” said Mr Finn.

The Latin Quarter business group submitted proposals for the temporary pedestrianisation of Middle Street and Abbeygate Street Lower but Mr Finn said the proposals the Council were considering were more in the line of creating adequate space for pedestrians while still allowing residents vehicular access.

This would involve creating a circuit for car traffic moving through Merchants Road around onto Augustine Street and exiting at Flood Street.
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Residents want laneway closed following pipe bomb scare

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Residents in part of Knocknacarra are calling for the closure of a laneway and for more Community Gardaí to be put on the beat following the discovery of a ‘viable’ pipe-bomb type device in the area last weekend.

Up to 13 homes in the Cimín Mór and Manor Court estates had to be evacuated on Friday evening last when the incendiary device was discovered by Gardaí concealed in an unlit laneway, leading to the emergency services being notified.

An Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit was called to the scene and removed the device – according to local residents and councillors, the Gardaí have confirmed that the device was viable.

Gardaí have declined to comment on the detail of the case but have confirmed that the matter is being ‘actively and vigorously investigated’.

Chairman of the Cimín Mór Residents’ Association, Pat McCarthy, told the Galway City Tribune that the discovery of the viable device on the narrow laneway that links their estate to Manor Court was extremely frightening for all concerned.

“For the best part of the past 20 years, we have been seeking action to be taken on this laneway which has been used for dumping and unsociable behaviour on a repeated basis.

“But what happened last Friday evening was really the last straw for us. This could have resulted in serious injury to innocent people and what is also of concern to us is how close this was to the two schools in the area,” said Mr McCarthy.

He said that over the coming days, the residents’ association would be petitioning all residents in the three estates concerned – the other two being Manor Court and Garraí Dhónaill – for action to be taken on the laneway.
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Galway designer’s necklace is fit for a princess!

Denise McNamara



Kate Middleton wearing the necklace designed by Aisling O'Brien

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A Galway jewellery designer is the latest to experience the ‘Kate effect’ after fans tracked down the woman who created a necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge which she has worn several times since it was gifted to her during her trip to the city last March.

Aisling O’Brien’s website crashed on Wednesday night when orders poured in for the piece from around the world. The necklace costs €109 with initials, while the earrings retail for €49.

“I’d never sold more than two things outside of Ireland before. I only had three of Kate’s necklaces in stock – and now I have orders for at least 50. I’ll have to start recruiting some elves,” laughs Aisling, who only set up her website during lockdown.

The 14-carat gold necklace and earrings set was designed by Aisling specially for Kate after examining her style – “understated, elegant, simplicity” is how the Tuam native describes it.

She was contacted about the commission by physiotherapist Thérèse Tully, who wanted to give the future queen a gift as she was using her room to change at Árus Bóthar na Trá beside Pearse Stadium when the royal couple were meeting with GAA teams.

(Photo: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing the necklace)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the full details, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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