A Judicial Review has been sought in the High Court on Galway County Council’s decision earlier this year to remove horses from land adjacent to a halting side on the outskirts of the city.
In February, eight horses were lifted from a site adjacent to the Carrowbrowne Traveller halting site on the Headford Road. County Council wardens, Gardaí and representatives of a private horse rescue service based in Roscommon were involved in the operation. It was prompted after a winter of complaints about wandering horses along the Curraghline – a number of motorists collided with the animals and there were several reported ‘near misses’.
Michael Owens, Director of Services at Galway County Council, has confirmed to County Councillor James Charity (Ind) that Judicial Review proceedings have been taken against the local authority arising from the recovery of those eight animals from a site on the N84.
Mr Owens said: “The Judicial Review proceedings referenced in your email relates to the removal of the horses from the Headford Road and subsequent actions.”
It is understood the proceedings are being taken by or on behalf of the Travellers who own the horses.
Judicial Review proceedings suggest that the action is being taken against the Council on the grounds that there was something procedurally wrong with how the horses were lifted, and/or what was done with them subsequently. There is a certain period of time during which the owners are allowed to claim their animals before they are either rehomed or put to sleep.
The matter is in for mention in the High Court again on November 20, when affidavits will be lodged, but it probably won’t proceed to a full-hearing until 2019.
Cllr Charity, a barrister, said the local authority cannot afford to ‘do nothing’ between now and when the proceedings conclude – stray horses on the N84 is a problem that is once again rearing its head this November, he said.
Just two weeks ago, he said a woman from Shrule contacted him to say she had struck a stray horse wandering on the Headford Road at night. There was nowhere to pull-in safely and, afraid to stop on the side of the road, she drove to Clonboo and abandoned her car, which was badly damaged.
Cllr Charity was present in February when the horses were lifted and he said it was necessary.
“It was particularly bad in November and over Christmas last year, and got worse then in February, when there was no growth and the horses were leaving the site, and crossing the busy road, in search of food. It was dangerous, and people were rightly going berserk.
“Since the Ballinasloe Horse Fair, there have been more horses back in the field at Carrowbrowne and there are concerns that the problem of wandering horses will continue this Winter,” he said.
The matter has been put on the agenda for next Monday’s Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District meeting.
Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.
Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.
While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”
Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.
But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.
The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.
She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.
“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.
“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”
Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.
But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.
The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.
To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.
But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.
Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie