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TURF CUTTERS FAIL TO HAVE CONCERNS HEARD

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Date Published: 09-Oct-2011

Over 200 people took part in a demonstration in the city centre this afternoon [Sunday Oct 9] to highlight their opposition to the ban on cutting turf in raised bogs.

The protest got underway just before midday outside the Hotel Meyrick in Eyre Square where Michael D Higgins failed to appear for his benefit brunch fundraiser.

In a statement to Galway Bay FM news, Mr Higgins states that he regrets the logistical issues which prevented him from attending the event.

The Barroughter and Clonmoylan Bogs Action Group claim that the Labour Presidential candidate is responsible for introducing a directive in 1997 which has resulted in the current ban.

However, Mr Higgins states that the directive in question was finalised by the government that preceded the one in which he served as Minister.

He said the issues raised by protestors outside the event are not related to the powers or functions of the President and that he hopes the dispute can be resolved through dialogue and conciliation.

 

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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