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The shameless Shantalla land-grab by HSE thieves

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The helipad on the former Shantalla pitch.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

The Health Service Executive isn’t good at a lot of things, but they do thievery quite well. Tackling waiting lists? That isn’t really the HSE’s forte. Land-grabbing? They’re experts at it.

The HSE are shameless land-grabbers. And not just any old land – our land, recreational and amenity land, owned by the public and effectively stolen by a public body.

In 2013, local residents in Shantalla agreed to allow a sports field to be used by University Hospital Galway as a temporary helipad.

The agreement was that the HSE would return the land to community use after six months.

Over three years later, and the HSE still hasn’t given back the land to the community.

It has refused, despite repeated requests at Regional Health Forum meetings, to confirm when it will return the land.

No wonder residents are concerned the HSE is trying to duplicitously relieve the local community of its green space.

The HSE could not get away with its exploitation of the community’s goodwill were it not for the acquiescence of Galway City Council.

No, it is quite clear that the local authority is an accomplice in the theft of this land. How else do you explain its procrastination in the face of the HSE’s barefacedness?

The planning department at City Hall, and An Bórd Pleanála have been alerted to the HSE’s unwelcome overstay, but yet it continues without penalty.

Our elected representatives haven’t covered themselves in glory in this sordid little affair either.

Billy Cameron (Lab), Frank Fahy (FG), and the Independent Connolly sisters, Catherine and Collette, were among those present when representatives from the HSE outlined the proposal for a six-month loan of land.

They should be outraged that the HSE has made fools of them, and reneged on the agreement.

Nobody questions the need for a helipad, or is dismissive of the work done by the Irish Coast Guard and Air Corps.

However, helicopter landings, according to the HSE, have reduced at the pad. And in any event, the need for a helipad cannot retrospectively justify the unauthorised, and probably unlawful, retention of this plot.

It’s time Shantalla shouts stop and reclaims from the dishonest landgrabbers what is rightfully owned by the community.

For more, read this weeks Galway City Tribune.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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