Galway City Council management is recommending that the Pádraic Ó Conaire statue remain housed at Galway City Museum.
The statue by Irish sculptor, Albert Power was erected in Eyre Square in 1935, but was moved to the museum in 2006, after several acts of vandalism and weather damage.
The most notable incidents of vandalism on the Ó Conaire statue were in 1984 when someone used a lump hammer to damage the hat and in 1999, when Pádraic’s head was broken off.
Some repairs have been carried out on the statue, which has also been damaged by weather and has scratching on the forehead and marks of what appears to be lipstick on the right cheek.
A report carried out by a sculpture conservator on behalf of the City Council recommends that the statue remain indoors to keep it protected.
The report also recommends restoration works to be undertaken on the Pádraic Ó Conaire statue.
The sculpture has been the subject of much debate in recent years, with some city councillors urging that a replica statue be placed in Eyre Square.
Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry
Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.
There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.
A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.
Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.
The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.
The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.
However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.
Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.
He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.
But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.
Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.