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Turf-cutter ‘siege’ at Killimor bog

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A stand-off involving around 100 people and Gardai took place at a bog near Killimor this evening.
The ‘siege’ occurred when Gardai stopped a machine driver who had been cutting turf at Ardraigue bog near Killimor.
Around 100 locals then blocked access to the bog.

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Public urged to stay away from Blackrock diving tower in Salthill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public is being urged to ‘stay away’ from Blackrock diving tower in Salthill and respect the fact that the amenity is closed.

Councillor Clodagh Higgins says despite the efforts of the city council and Gardai to fence off the area, considerable numbers of people continue to use the tower.

She claims that in some cases, people are pushing the fences aside to gain entry.

Councillor Higgins feels it’s not acceptable for people to ignore efforts by authorities to keep the public safe during a critical stage of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

She has appealed for people to let common sense prevail – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Local TD critical of Bord na Mona over ‘denial’ of peat heritage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice is criticising Bora Na Mona for failing to embrace its history and heritage.

It comes as the state body has announced that it has stopped peat harvesting indefinitely.

It means that peat briquettes will run out in 2024 – but peat moss compost is expected to run out this summer.

The development comes amid growing pressure on companies to end the use of fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions.

Independent Deputy Fitzmaurice believes that peat harvesting should be allowed to naturally ‘fizzle out’ over the coming years.

He says newer generations have little interest and he estimated there is about a decade of life left in the practice.

He also claimed instead of being proud of its heritage, Bord na Mona is acting like it has a shameful past – to hear more on this topic, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Local TD says new remote working strategy requires innovation from public service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten claims the Government’s remote working strategy is doomed to failure unless there is innovation within the public service.

The new strategy has revealed that employees will have a legal right to ask to work remotely by September.

But Deputy Naughten says blended working, involving the establishment of remote hubs in communities nationwide, is key to the uptake of a sustainable remote working culture.

He argues that these remote hubs would allow people to work in a social and structured environment while remaining in their own communities.

He also believes that “buy-in” from the public service is crucial – to establish blended civil service hubs that transform the way public services are offered.

Tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour to hear Deputy Naughten explain how these hubs could work locally.

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