Galway Bay fm newsroom – The village of Kilrickle in Loughrea will not receive a water supply under Irish Water’s Capital Investment Plan for 2014 to 2016.
It was previously hoped that a 6.5 million euro allocation for Loughrea’s water supply under the plan would bring a water supply to approximately 140 homes in the village.
The village of Kilrickle has been without a water supply for over two decades, with around 400 residents relying on wells and rainwater tanks to meet their water requirements.
37 and a half million euro was allocated for water and wastewater systems in Galway under Irish Water’s Capital Investment Plan for 2014-2016.
It was hoped that the 6 and a half million euro announced for works in Loughrea would go towards bringing a water supply to Kilrickle.
In a statement issued to Galway Bay fm News, Irish Water states that the cost of undertaking the required works would be ‘significant’ and is not covered within the Capital Investment Plan.
The announcement follows recent meetings between Irish Water and Galway County Council over the proposed 5 thousand metre pipeline.
Irish Water says it’s currently examining funding options with the Department of the Environment and the Commission for Energy Regulation and will assess the viability of connecting un-serviced communities at a later date.
Local TD questions Agriculture Minister in Dáil over “monumental” climate change targets for sector
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has questioned the Agriculture Minister in the Dáil on the “monumental” climate change targets set for the Agriculture sector over the next decade.
Deputy Denis Naughten said we could be looking at an expected reduction of up to 8 million tonnes by 2030.
However he pointed out that a current Teagasc roadmap outlines an achievable reduction of between 2.5 and 3.5m tonnes.
He argued Ireland is at least a decade behind on the research needed to effectively deliver the results needed within the timeframe.
Deputy Naughten said practical measures are urgently needed that reflect the reality for farmers on the ground.
Speaking in response, Minister Charlie McConalogue was adamant that carbon tax funding ringfenced for farmers is not replacing any direct exchequer funding.
One of country’s highest breaches of speed limit recorded in Carnmore on National Slow Down Day
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 316 drivers have been caught breaking the speed limit during National Slow Down Day.
The Garda initiative has been in place since 7am, and over 144-thousand vehicles have been checked so far.
One car was found driving at 140 km per hour in a 120 km zone on the M4 at Clonard in Co Meath, while another was noted doing 129 km per hour in a 100 km zone on the N7 at Castlewarden in Kildare.
On the M6 in Carnmore East a driver was recorded doing 133 km/h in a 120km zone
Galway Garda chief says action will be taken against speed vans blocking public footpaths in city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley has stated that action will be taken against GoSafe speed vans blocking public footpaths in Galway City.
The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee by Councillor Alan Cheevers.
He expressed frustration as he outlined how private GoSafe vans continue to operate on public footpaths, including at Monivea Road and Newcastle.
Superintendent Tom Curley accepted the issue has been raised previously, and said Gardaí have never given permission for these vehicles to park in this manner.
He gave an assurance they are not above the law and Gardai will act on any reports they receive from the public – and said he was disappointed this is still happening.
Councillor Cheevers says these GoSafe vans have been using footpaths for far too long.