Superfast Broadband is now a reality for homes and businesses in County Galway thanks to Imagine.
Galway is starting to see the benefits of the €300M investment Imagine is making in Superfast Broadband to cover over 1 million homes and businesses across Ireland within the next 18 months. While communities in the likes of, Kilnadeema, Moylough and Gort, and the areas in between are already benefiting from Imagine’s new network build a number of other areas have also now been added.
Extensive works have now taken place in the west of the city with the area from Oughterard to Carraroe and Moycullen to Furbo now also in coverage for Superfast broadband.
The current wave of Imagine investment is also covering a large part of the rural areas in the east of the county with the towns of Labane, Cappataggle, Ballinasloe and Dumore and the rural areas between them now in coverage.
Imagine’s priority is to quickly extend the coverage of its broadband service to homes and businesses that have little to no broadband.
Homes and businesses can check if they are in coverage on www.imagine.ie. If they aren’t in coverage today, registrations automatically get added to Imagine’s priority connection list.
Imagine Director Brian O’Donohoe said: “Imagine are absolutely delighted to announce this significant broadband investment for County Galway meaning thousands of homes and businesses across County Galway can now connect to superfast broadband.
He continued: “As part of our national roll out and to solve the problem, Imagine are 100% committed to providing, as fast as we can, superfast broadband to homes and businesses that have little to no broadband across regional and rural Ireland.
Galway West TD branded ‘racist’ in the Dáil
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD has been branded racist in the Dail today during leaders questions, after questioning the amount of money being sent from Ireland to Nigeria.
Independent TD Noel Grealish raised the subject of the large sums of money being transferred abroad in personal remittances.
During his speech in the chamber, Deputy Grealish spoke of how €10 billion has been sent abroad in personal remittance over the past eight years.
According to figures presented by him, the countries that receive the most transfers are Poland at €1.5 billion, the UK at €2.7 billion and Nigeria at €3.54 billion.
Responding to the Galway TD, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the Irish people have a long history of sending money home.
Then, heated scenes erupted in the Chamber as Deputy Grealish called for stricter controls on personal remittance, with Deputy Ruth Coppinger accusing the Galway TD of ‘disgraceful racism’.
Coffey Construction gets temporary injunction against firm
A civil engineering company has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing security operatives from blockading the entrance of the firm’s Athenry-based headquarters.
Coffey Construction Limited secured the interim order yesterday against receiver David O’Connor of the firm BDO in respect of a blockade that began earlier this week at Moanbaun, Athenry.
The High Court heard that arising from a dispute over Coffey Construction’s lease on the property, last Tuesday morning 15 security guards with two large white vans and dogs physically blocked vehicular access to Coffey Construction’s HQ.
The court heard that the company fears that the blockade, which it says is unlawful, will be damaging and will possibly drive it to insolvency if allowed continue.
Counsel said it’s Coffey’s case that it has a valid lease, for which it pays €100,000 per year, for the premises.
He said that the security guards on the blockade, who describe themselves as bailiffs did not carry any mandatory identification or licence numbers as required under the Private Security Services Act.
The matter has been reported to the Private Security Authority, counsel said.
Coffey Construction has 280 employees, 88 of whom are based in Athenry.
Counsel said the workers were eventually able to gain access to the premises.
However, they have to park over 2.5km away, which presents health and safety concerns to the employees, especially at this time of year.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Tony O’Connor granted orders including one restraining the defendants and his agents from restricting the company’s access to the property at Moanbaun, Athenry.
Noting the evidence put before the court the judge said he was satisfied to grant the orders sought.
The case will return before the court next week.
Donkey foals on the double!
IT can happen . . . and it does happen . . . but it’s still a rarity in the animal world when a female donkey gives birth to twins that survive.
Monivea farmer, Seán Martyn, could hardly believe his eyes on the Thursday morning of October 24 last when his eleven-year-old jenny gave birth to two healthy ‘boys’.
“I knew that she was coming close to her time so I went in for ‘the fry’ in the morning and when I came out about three-quarters of an hour later, the three of them were there in the field hale and hearty,” Seán Martyn told the Connacht Tribune.
The twin male foals were the first offspring of Seán’s donkey – called Number Seven – and he had no idea that she was expecting twins.
“From what we can gather, only 1.5% of expectant donkeys give birth to twins and of that number only 10% of them survive as twins – one of them normally dies.
“We’re all thrilled with the arrivals and already they’re getting a lot of attention from neighbours, friends and family. They are beautiful animals,” said Seán Martyn.
Over the years, Seán has been involved in the breeding of horses and donkeys but he never dreamt of any twins arriving – they’ve now been christened Jackie and Seachtai.
It is very much an on-farm family with the daddy being a younger jackass, conveniently known as Jack, who is also part of the Martyn family of animals.
See full story and pictures in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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