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A civil servant received one of the coldest receptions ever afforded to a visitor at a Galway County Council meeting earlier this week when he gave a presentation on the National Broadband Plan. Sean Griffin from the Department of Communications was handed the unenviable task of delivering an update on the plan, and how it would affect long-suffering internet users in rural Galway. But it was unlikely that Mr Griffin had reckoned on a chamber packed with 39 irate councillors, each of whom was awarded time to speak on the contentious issue. And it was not pretty. At one stage the department representative was even accused of pedalling “happy pills’’ to pacify a bunch that were anything but happy.
Galway County Council this week passed a motion to support the abolition of Irish Water. The motion was proposed by Fianna Fail councillor Michael Connolly and was debated at length at the meeting in Clonboo on Monday evening. Councillors expressed a mixed range of views on the issue but the overiding sentiment expressed was major disappointment with Irish Water.
Fáilte Ireland is to provide €1.8 million for the development of 19 orientation and discovery points in Connemara as part of the Wild Atlantic Way. However, although many councillors welcomed the investment, others accused the tourism group of neglecting other areas of the county.
Bringing more industry to the Loughrea electoral area, promoting the wonderful tourist products of South East Galway, and creating jobs are the key issues for Fine Gael councillor Jimmy McClearn who has been re-elected to Galway County Council.
Galway County Council’s newest councilor Anne Rabbitte has vowed to ensure that the voice of Portumna is heard in the council chambers.
As the country considers the water charges signed off by the Government this week, a campaign of civil disobedience is already being planned and could see Galway householders following in the footsteps of protestors in Cork and Dublin by blocking attempts to install meters or refusing to pay the water bill.