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Persuasion not preaching needed on climate change

Francis Farragher

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China: The biggest producer and consumer of coal in the world.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

For starters, I’m not including myself in that group of people who deny that climate change is happening at all, or that our world is warming up a bit too quickly for our own survival into the future, but there are times too when a line has to be drawn.

We now can have scarcely a typical wet and windy West of Ireland day, without climate change being mentioned as the cause of the breezes blowing in from the Atlantic, as they have done so, since the formation of our earth in its current guise.

Ireland is a little island country perched on the eastern fringe of the Atlantic Ocean, a volume of water and energy that pretty much guarantees in the course of any given year, we’ll get our fair share of wind and rain but too much by way of any extremes.

The Atlantic does have its good points too. Its relatively mild waters, influenced by the Gulf Stream, also ensure that our climate tends in the main to avoid the extremes of weather events that can cause so much devastation in other parts of the world.

What would parts of fire-ridden and grief sticken  California give for our mix of wind, rain and some good days that tend to dominate our climate pattern. Extremes in climate are very bad news whether it be wind, temperatures, rainfall or severe cold. The biggest killer of all weather events worldwide is heatwaves. Not normally a problem for us here in Ireland, but after our Summer drought in 2018, we did get a rare little taste of that extreme of weather.

The problem now, is that if you make any point about our weather here in Ireland always having contained a bit of everything but not too much of anything, you’re regarded as some kind of pariah, unless you attribute every heavy shower to climate change.

The lecture brigade is now firing themselves into the debate as well. A few weeks ago, I nearly choked on a bit of sirloin, when I heard former President, Mary Robinson, essentially telling us all to go vegetarian, in order to save our little planet, although she did concede to being partial to the odd slice of Connemara lamb.

For more,  read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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