Tuam councillors hit out at level of department pushback on local area plan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam area councillors have hit out at the level of Department push-back concerning the Local Area Plan.
The Chief Executive’s report on the submissions received on the material alterations to the plan was presented at this week’s meeting at County Hall.
Six submissions were received on the material alterations from groups including government departments, TII, the EPA and the OPW.
These included observations from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government rejecting additional zonings put forward by councillors.
Tuam area councillors opted to reject many of the CEO’s recommendations concerning such observations.
The plan which sets out a blueprint for the next five years was finalised by councillors after lengthy discussion regarding such zonings.
More at 9 as Councillor Tom McHugh argues the department has complicated the process after significant local work and discussion…
Salmon Weir Fishery to close due to high water temperatures
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland has announced it is suspending salmon angling at Salmon Weir Fishery due to high water temperatures.
It says the recent hot and dry weather has caused water temperatures to exceed the 20 degree threshold over a number of days.
Freshwater fish such as salmon and trout can suffer ‘thermal stress’ due to the impact of warm weather.
In a statement, IFI says both Salmon Weir Fishery and Moy Fishery in Ballina will now close until further notice.
Barry Fox is Head of Operations at Inland Fisheries Ireland and has been speaking to David Nevin.
Fitzmaurice rallies support for new rural political party
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice is rounding up support for a new political party to represent rural Ireland.
The Independent TD says farmers need to get organised politically if they want to be involved in decisions at the highest level.
He’s had discussions with as many as 25 councillors with a view to putting together a policy document and the foundations of a new party.
But Michael Fitzmaurice says he can’t do it alone and the timing of the next election will be key:
O’ Cuiv calls for special fund to raise roads in remote coastal areas
Galway Bay Fm Newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv is calling for a special fund to raise roads in remote coastal areas.
Speaking in the Dáil, he said some areas are impassable at high tide – and this problem is only going to get worse into the future.
He acknowledged some places along the coast are recognised as islands because it happens every day – but many other areas are not.
Deputy O’ Cuiv accepted some people think the required spend is too big when it concerns such a small number of people.
But he argued once the work is done, it’s done forever – and the value is there for what amounts to small money.