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Storm begins to ease across Galway but 800 homes still without power

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approximately 800 homes are still without electricity this afternoon as ESB crews are working in difficult conditions to repair broken poles and wires

Although the storm is easing off somewhat in Galway motorists are asked to remain vigilant on the roads as winds remain high and fallen debris poses hazards

Property owners are asked to avoid checking their premises until the high winds die down in the late afternoon as debris continues to fly

There were gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour in parts of the country last night, with Met Eireann issuing a Status Red weather warning, which is in place until 3 this afternoon.

At the height of the storm last night winds of 135 kilometres an hour were recorded at Galway harbour while a woman who was blown into Galway Docks was lucky to be rescued

Mace Head in Connemara also recorded one of the strongest gusts in the country last night at 130 kilometres per hour

Several parts of Galway experienced power cuts last night and overnight

While power was restored quickly in most instances by ESB crews 800 homes are still without power this lunchtime

The areas affected are Headford, Glenamaddy, Athenry, Kilternan, Gort and Woodford

ESB Crews from Mayo have come in to assist the Galway crews

There are also 500 individual faults across the country with some of these in Galway

A spokesperson for the ESB says these will take some time to fix as the damage is substantial

In the city Salthill gardai say Dr Colohan Rd in Salthill remains closed between Grattan Rd and Seapoint due to the stormy conditions.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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