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Trust between TG4 and 2020 queried in email

Dara Bradley

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Trevor O Clochartaigh

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Irish language television station, TG4, was a broadcast media partner of Galway 2020, the company set up to deliver the European Capital of Culture (ECOC).

Relations between TG4 and Galway 2020 appeared to strain a little last year, however.

Staff from TG4 held a ‘speed-dating’ event, during which projects due to happen in 2020 were pitched to programme producers and television execs, who could then plan what parts of the ECOC programme they would include in their schedules.

This event was held last year but according to records released to this newspaper through Freedom of Information (FOI) it may not have gone ahead at all.

On the eve of the speed-dating event, Denise McDonagh, Digital Programme Manager at Galway 2020, sent an email to TG4 requesting that staff at the television station sign a confidentiality agreement or NDA (non-disclosure agreement).

By signing the agreement, she said, it would allow Galway 2020 to share its “WIP plans” or ‘Work in Progress’, so that the two organisations could “work together to plan content”.

The Connemara-based TV station was not best-pleased with this request to sign the NDA; certainly not judging by the response from Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, the then communications manager with TG4, and a former Sinn Féin senator who was critical of Galway 2020 in his days in the Seanad.

“I have to say it came very much out of the blue. We have been discussing the event for quite a while and it was never mentioned previously. I am concerned for what it says about the level of trust G2020 has for our team and also for the very short notice given to consider it.

“I have passed it on to our legal person for their opinion on it,” was Trevor’s initial response to the request for the non-disclosure agreement to be signed.

Denise moved to limit the damage, firstly by apologising for sending the NDA “out of the blue”. “We should have spoken to you in advance and I take responsibility for that not happening,” she said.

“The NDA is in no way a reflection of the trust we have for the team at TG4. We very much value the open and constructive relationship we have developed with the team there. The NDA is a standard form we use with all partners . . . but we should have discussed it with you in advance of sending it,” added Denise.

The NDA was tweaked, at the behest of TG4’s legals; and a subsequent email, also released under FOI, said the situation was “all sorted”.
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Hero’s welcome following rescue of two women on Galway Bay

Stephen Corrigan

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Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The miraculous rescue on Galway Bay yesterday of two young women from Knocknacarra brought 15 long hours of searching to a euphoric conclusion, as cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) were brought safely to shore.

A major search and rescue operation was launched after the pair went missing from Furbo Beach on Wednesday night, when they were swept away by a sudden wind while paddle boarding.

Claddagh fisherman and former Lifeboat shore crew member Patrick Oliver and his 18-year-old son Morgan joined the search early on Thursday morning and were the heroes of the hour after they discovered the two women on their boards, clinging to a lobster pot about two miles south-west of Inis Oírr, where despite their ordeal, they were described as “ok, but shaken”.

In the face of torrential rain and high winds overnight, both women had drifted almost 20 miles out to sea, but amazingly neither required serious medical attention.

Sara’s mother, Helen Feeney, raised the alarm shortly after 9pm on Wednesday evening when she noticed the pair missing as she walked their dog along the shore.

Sara, a daughter of Helen and Bernard Tonge, and Ellen, daughter Deirdre and well-known former captain of Galway United Johnny Glynn, were both said to be in good spirits at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

One relative told the Galway City Tribune that the family was “utterly humbled by the generosity of people” who had took part in the search and said, “unbelievable doesn’t even begin to describe it”.

“Thank you from all the family to everyone who helped, words will never express our gratitude.”
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Photo: Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn off Inis Oirr island, on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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Galway farm operators fall fowl of locals

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Neighbours of Mad Yolk Farm have asked Galway City Council to determine whether planning permission is required for a portable chicken coop earmarked for the land in Roscam.

This week, Mad Yolk Farm has indicated that it will be adding chickens to the site, which has already been the subject of planning enforcement by the local authority.

In a Facebook post, the operators said they are planning to rear organic chickens on site, with neighbours fearing as many as 450 birds in the chicken ‘caravan’.

“Our chicken caravan is now built and our beaked ladies will arrive in eight days. We’ll be moving the hens onto fresh grass each day and they’ll be free to forage for insects and take mud baths. They’ll be free to behave like a chicken should,” the business said on social media.

It has prompted a neighbour of the property to write the Council to formally ask for a declaration “whether the work/development described in the form is or is not development or is or is not exempted development under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act”.
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Cold water poured on Spanish Arch ‘bushing’ sprinkler plan

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council has poured cold water on a suggestion that it should install water sprinklers to deter ‘bushing’ at city centre hotspots for outdoor drinking, such as Spanish Arch.

Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) this week said the local authority should examine providing sprinklers, to deter bushing, after Spanish Arch and Middle Arch were packed with hundreds of revellers during the sunshine last weekend, and the areas were littered with alcohol bottles and cans.

Cllr Hoare said large crowds were prohibited from gathering outside due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, and if the partying continued “Galway will be the next county to be locked down”.

He said CCTV cameras should be installed at Spanish Arch and Middle Arch and added: “Galway City Council should consider installing sprinklers as a long-term solution.”

However, the City Council said it was not its intention to install sprinklers.

“It’s so hot at the moment, if you put out a sprinkler anywhere in Galway, people would just dance under it. We’re so unused to this muggy heat, that if you did that (installed sprinklers), on top of your 12-pack of Bacardi Breezers, or whatever it is young people drink these days, you’d have the biggest wet t-shirt competition this side of Ibiza – people would just dance under them. No, we have no plans for sprinklers,” remarked a City Council spokesperson.

He said the Council was unaware of a separate suggestion – announced by Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard on social media – that certain city areas be exempted from the street drinking bylaws, to allow them to be monitored and controlled.
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