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Troublemakers ‘should be put out of homes’

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Those responsible for anti-social behaviour in local authority estates in Tuam should be removed from the properties and taken off the housing list.

That’s what one councillor has advocated amid further claims from elected members that many incidents are not reported by neighbours who fear of being the target of ongoing abuse and intimidation.

Members of Tuam Municipal Council want to meet local Gardaí to discuss their concerns and they believe that Galway County Council and various housing organisations should also be involved in the battle to eliminate anti-social behaviour.

The matter was raised by Tuam councillor Shaun Cunniffe who said that residents did not know who to approach – the Gardaí or the Council – when incidents occur in their estates.

He said that it was often a case of the problem ‘falling between two stools’ and got getting properly addressed. That is why he is calling for a more co-ordinated approach involving all of the agencies.

The independent councillor said that if the problem persisted, then the offenders should be removed from the houses.

Cllr Pete Roche said that there were ‘a number of blackguards’ in estates in Tuam and he believed that there should be no ambiguity in how they should be dealt with.

“We have received a litany of complaints,” he said and added that they were coming from residents living beside local authority houses and houses that have been rented by the County Council from private landlords.

Cllr Roche said that there were residents “crying out for help” in an effort to resolve the situation and he believed that those who are causing the trouble should be removed from the houses.

“Let them go up a mountain where they can should and roar all they like an, in the meantime, we can allocate the houses to genuine people who are on the housing waiting list.

“We have to get rid of these unruly people who are making life a misery for people in estates where there might be 120 or 130 houses,” Cllr Roche added.

According to Cllr Karey McHugh, Galway County Council should enforce the rules with regard to tenancy arrangements.

“There are a lot of people who are afraid to make complaints to the guards as they fear their homes will be targeted at night”, she said.

She also advocated that those responsible for the anti-social behaviour should have their social welfare payments cut.

“Hit them in their pockets because that is the only way we will get their attention,” Cllr McHugh said.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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