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Rickshaws banned from Galway’s streets next week

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Joe O'Shaughnessy

Galway city’s licensed rickshaw operators are facing an uncertain future from Monday as new city bye-laws come into effect which will ban them from the city’s streets.

More than 20 jobs are set to be lost when the Non Motorised Passenger Byelaws 2013 come into operation, while ‘sulkies’ (horse drawn carriages) are also set to be banned under the same legislation.

Although the byelaws only prohibit the use of rickshaws on named city parks and in the pedestrianised city centre zone, they will effectively be banned throughout the city as no new licences will be issued from Monday.

The licences of operators who signed up to the City Council’s €100 licensing scheme over the past couple of years have seen their permits expire in recent weeks, with no option of renewal.

The move by the City Council has been described as “very nasty behaviour” by the biggest operator in the city as his staff face into their busiest couple of weeks of the year.

Leszek Majewski, of Galway Rickshaw, told the Galway City Tribune that he has cooperated with the licensing system from the start. The new ban could put his 17 employees on the Dole.

He said that the 17 license holders with Galway Rickshaw would weigh up their options in the coming days.

“I don’t know what we are going to do,” he said. “I will probably have to sell off my bicycles. This is the best time of year for us, business wise, so we see this as very nasty behaviour by Galway City Council to bring in the ban now. We will see how it goes, but it looks as though we will have to stop.

“Already, the Gardaí have been stopping our drivers and making their lives harder. Some of the lads are very angry as we wanted the licensing system in the first place. Some are saying that they will keep going and see how strong the response is. They are saying that the Gardaí should have more serious problems to deal with.”

He said that some of the operators had been working in the city centre for seven years and they themselves had called for the licensing system which was introduced three years ago.

Four months ago, he had to learn through our sister paper, the Connacht Sentinel, that the three seater carriages were about to be banned, even though he paid the Council €1,700 per year to keep 17 of the vehicles on the road.

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Council rows back on ‘reduced delays’ projections for Kirwan junction

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Motorists have described it as ‘a disaster’ and a former mayor has said the project gave very poor value for money, but Galway City Council have this week asked the public to be patient with the revamped Kirwan junction, close to the Menlo Park Hotel.

Since the four-arm signalled junction opened early last week, motorists have complained of traffic queues stretching back to the Quincentenary Bridge and Corrib Park.

And now the Council has rowed back on its consultants’ claims that the junction would increase capacity by 15% and reduce waiting times by 25%.

Former mayor and local taxi driver, Cllr Frank Fahy, told the Galway City Tribune that given the negative impact of the junction on traffic, the €5 million spent on the project represented ‘very poor value’ as regards taxpayers’ money.

“I will admit that the junction is now safer for pedestrians in that they can hit a button to give them a safe crossing, but since it opened there have some very serious traffic tailbacks,” said Cllr Fahy.

However, City Council Acting Director of Services for Transport, Uinsinn Finn, told the Galway City Tribune that the new junction needed time to ‘bed in’ with a familiarisation process.

“The main objectives of this project were to make far safer for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate, as well as making it safer for motorists too, without impacting [negatively] on the traffic flow,” said Mr Finn.

He added that since it opened – and over the coming few weeks – data on all aspects of how the junction was functioning would be compiled which could involve changes to light sequencing, lanes and peak traffic flows.

One motorist who contacted this newspaper said that the daily “nightmare” journey from the Barna Road to the Headford Road during the morning peak traffic time had added up to 40 minutes to his journey time.

“The two lanes are regularly gridlocked from the junction, back the N6, over the Quincentenary Bridge and back to Corrib Park.

“In the mornings, it’s now easier to go down Taylor’s Hill and into town, past Eyre Square and up Bohermore to get down to the Headford Road.

Councillors were told by consultants in 2017 and again in 2018 – when they voted to proceed with the changeover to a junction – that average delays would be reduced by 25% and junction capacity would increase by 15%.
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Man hospitalised following Eyre Square assault

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Gardaí have appealed to the public for information into an assault in Eyre Square last weekend which led to a young man being hospitalised.

The victim of the assault – a man in his early 20s from the city area – suffered a cut to his knee and may have had a substance sprayed towards his eyes.

Following the incident – that occurred close to the Eyre Square taxi rank shortly after midnight on Saturday night last – the victim was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway.

It is understood that the victim was released later that morning and has made a full recovery. This week, Gardaí are poring over CCTV footage in an effort to try and identify the perpetrators of the assault.

The assailants are understood to have fled on foot after the incident towards St Patrick’s Avenue on the east side of Eyre Square.

A Garda spokesperson has appealed for anyone who was in the vicinity of the taxi rank on Eyre Square between 12 midnight and 12.30am on the Sunday morning (Saturday night) of July 25 last, and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

(Photo: the assailants fled on foot towards St Patrick’s Avenue off Eyre Square)
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Council turns down controversial phone mast plan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Galway City Council has refused an application by Eircom to erect a 12-metre telecoms mast in a housing estate in Knocknacarra.

The local authority turned down the company’s application for planning permission to install the structure in the heart of Drom Óir over concerns that it would create a visual obstruction in a residential area – and would have a detrimental impact on property prices.

Eircom had also sought retention to keep a concrete foundation for the mast in situ after it was forced to abandon works earlier this year, amid protests from residents in Drom Óir and Leitir Burca. This was also rejected.

City planners issued the company with a warning letter in April to cease works after contractors on site drew the ire of nearby residents, who accused Eircom of seeking to install the mast ‘by stealth’.

A total of 26 letters of objection were submitted to the Council from residents of the two estate.
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