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Chair yoga for older adults

On Monday August 9, Galway Sports Partnership is launching Chair Yoga for Older Adults. This is a programme targeting senior citizens, promoting a healthy lifestyle by incorporating exercise to your daily routine. This is a free, four-week programme that will be going live on Zoom every Monday at 11am until August 30.

The aim of the programme is to encourage older adults to exercise in a way that is suited to their capabilities. That is why Galway Sports Partnership have created this initiative, as it is beneficial to all participants involved no matter their skill level.

To sign up to the programme, please see the link below.

For more information, contact them on 091 509672 or email [email protected].

Minister must act following abysmal forestry figures, says Fitzmaurice

Immediate action from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, is required in the wake of the latest abysmal figures from the Forest Service, according to independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

This follows the publication of the Forestry Dashboard for the week ending July 9 which indicated that only 22 licences were issued, compared with 115 in the previous week.

For the most recent week, it stated that 10 of the 22 issued were Coillte felling applications. Just one was a private felling application, with road and planting applications being 6 and 5 respectively.

Commenting on this development, Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “While the Forest Service promised that it would deliver 100 applications a week to meet its target of 4,500, we are now beginning to see the reality.

“They were able to keep up the pace for a short time, but the critical problems within have come home to roost now,” he said.

“When is this minister going to decide that the Forest Service is incompetent, not fit for purpose and that a major overhaul is needed to rectify this scenario?

“I have given this department the benefit of the doubt and I have monitoring the dashboard figures very closely every week. But a drop in productivity of 80% in a single week is simply not good enough; particularly when the sector itself is on its knees.

“We have a situation developing here where timber logs are being imported into the country to keep mills going, because felling licence applications are being held up for years within the department – with little urgency being shown to resolve the matter,” added Deputy Fitzmaurice.

“The Green Party leader Eamon Ryan talks of targets of 8,000ha of afforestation to assist with meeting climate change objectives, yet we only have 2,685ha issued in the 7 months of this year to date,” he concluded.

Appeal for witnesses to serious Tuam assault

Gardaí in Tuam are investigating a serious assault on a man in his 40s who was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident occurred at Foster Place, Tuam at approximately 12.05am on Sunday morning the July 11. Gardaí in Tuam are appealing for any witnesses to this assault to please come forward.

They are also appealing to any road users, who may have camera footage, that were travelling in the Tuam town and Foster Place area between the hours of 11.50pm on Saturday the July 10 and 12.15am on Sunday July 11, to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093-70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.


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