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PO closures are slammed as ‘a cull on rural life’

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Anne Rabbitte, TD: “It’s actually very sad,” she says.

The announcement of the closure of 18 post offices across County Galway has been described as “a cull on rural life” by one local TD.

Deputy Anne Rabbitte (FF) said the announcement was another “death knell” for communities in the West of Ireland and warned there could be more closures on the horizon.

“It’s actually very sad,” said Deputy Rabbitte. “We have so many older people living on their own; they have seen the family move away and it’s just them and the four walls.”

“The Post Office is one of their only social outlets left,” said the Galway East TD.

An Post this week released a finalised list of some 159 post offices set to close across the country following the retirement of the local postmaster, having reached an agreement with the Irish Postmasters’ Union.

The 18 offices confirmed for closure in Galway are: Ballyconneely; Ballyglunin; Ballymoe; Cloghbrack; Colemanstown; Cornamona; Eyrecourt; Garrafrauns; Glinsk; Inverin; Kiltulla; Kylebrack; Lettermullen; Menlough; Moyard; New Inn; Renvyle; and Woodlawn.

Services from these post offices will be transferred to neighbouring towns and villages, with the remaining offices set to benefit from consolidation through enhanced services and products, new opening hours and improved customer service, according to An Post.

Deputy Rabbitte said the closures would hit smallest areas the hardest and would remove a vital service from the communities affected.

She claimed the cuts were disproportionate on the western seaboard and called on the Government to stop treating the West of Ireland as a “playground for the rich”.

“We need to remember that there won’t be one closure in Dublin – it’s shocking,” she said.

For more on this story, see the print edition of the Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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