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PUBLIC CRITICIAL OF LACK OF INFORMATION ON WATER CRISIS

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Date Published: 24-Sep-2008

The lead contamination in the water supply of some older houses in the city, has been raised in the Dáil today.

Up to 5,000 city houses built before 1970 could be affected, but so far only four areas have been found to be affected although city wide testing is continuing

High levels of lead have been found in the water supply of some houses in Old Mervue, Bohermore, the Claddagh and Shantalla.

These houses have been told not to drink the tap water as lead is poisonous and can build up in the body and cause harm, particularly in young children and unborn babies.

City householders have been critical of the lack of information on this latest water alert and are hoping further details will emerge later as to the full extent of the lead contamination and its level of seriousness

Galway West T.D Michael D. Higgins, raised the issue today in the Dáil with the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Environment.

He has called on the Environment Minister, John Gormley to meet with the City Council to address the issue and see what steps he intends to take.

Deputy Higgins is also calling for an emergency debate to ask Minister for Health, Mary Harney what she and the HSE plan to do to rectify the situation.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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