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Shortage of council staff resulting in ‘filthy’ city streets

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is refuting claims that the city was left in a ‘filthy’ state following this year’s Macnas Parade.
Up to 50 thousand people lined the streets of the city for the 2017 event – and it’s been claimed that a lack of staff saw bins across the city overflowing from early afternoon.
Councillor Ollie Crowe claims that cutbacks in cleaning hours meant normal cover was not available for one of the biggest events on Galway’s cultural calendar, the Macnas Parade.
He said that bins were packed full before the event even got underway on the last Sunday in October – and the city was left in a filthy state as a result.
He wants officials to explain the alleged shortage in staff – and has asked if we could expect a repeat during major future events such as St. Patrick’s Day.
The council executive says there were additional staff deployed on the day in question – but bonfires across the city were the priority.
Chief Executive Brendan McGrath says cleaning staff were out in the city centre from 4am the following morning to ensure the city was clean after the parade.
He’s refuted claims that Galway is a filthy city – as proven by a recent Tidy Towns Silver award, and recognition from litter lobby IBAL that Galway conforms to European standards.

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Almost 3,300 Ukrainian refugees have now arrived in Galway

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GBFM Newsroom – A total of 3,291 Ukrainian refugees have now arrived in Galway, since the start of the Russian invasion in February.

The majority are located in Galway City, with the second highest figure recorded in North Connemara.

1,384 Ukrainian refugees have now arrived in Galway City, while in the county, Conamara North has the highest number at 540 people.

In the Athenry-Oranmore area, a further 516 Ukrainians have arrived since fighting erupted in February.

This is followed by 279 people in Conamara South, 185 in Ballinasloe, and 168 in the Gort Kinvara electoral areas.

The areas in Galway with the lowest number of Ukrainian arrivals is Tuam at 124, followed by Loughrea at 95.

Nationally, more than 54,700 people have now arrived here from the war torn country – including just over a thousand in the week up to September 25th.

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Councillor claims hundreds of Vodafone customers in Headford still impacted by disrupted service

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A local councillor is claiming hundreds of Vodafone customers in Headford are still impacted by a disrupted service.

In July, councillor Andrew Reddington raised the issue, and has now been told that service will be back to normal next week.

It was originally thought that a mast would solve the issue, but councillor Reddington was then told there was external interference in the area.

Speaking to Galway Talks, councillor Reddington said he was informed the interference was sorted but Vodafone are now looking at other issues.

He has this advice for people in the area who are impacted:

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Local councillor elected to Fianna Fail National Executive

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn has been elected to the Fianna Fail National Executive.

The Athenry-Oranmore councillor was elected to the 15 person committee at the party Ard Fheis over the weekend.

The National Executive,or Ard Chomhairle, is the oversight committee of the party.

Councillor Herterich Quinn outlines her priorities for her multi-year term.

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