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Dearth of bins in the city a source of annoyance to councillors

The lack of public bins in the city has led to one frustrated councillor admitting that she would flout the law in relation to dog fouling. Independent councillor Catherine Connolly outlined to the chamber how there is not one bin on the walkway between Nimmo’s pier and Grattan Road. ‘’People are expected to carry their dog’s poo all along this route, it is simply too much, it’s dangerous and disgusting, I would not do it,’’ she admitted. Director of services Tom Connell outlined how all bins in the city are now owned by the council. He acknowledged the importance of bins and said the situation was constantly being monitored by the local authority’s litter management unit. ‘’The litter management crew are doing a fantastic job in what is an ever challenging area.’’ Mr Connell said that bins were being replaced but it was a gradual process due to financial costraints. Fine Gael councillor Peter Keane was also irritated about the bin issue. ‘’With Galway being a premmier tourist destination, bins are so important, I am disapointed but not surprised that there is no money available for bins at the moment. As far as I can see there are none at all in the Blackrock area. We simply have to ringfence money for bins,’’ said Councillor Keane. Meanwhile, Councillor Ollie Crow was concerned about bins around Eyre Square and the general condition of the area. The Fianna Fail councillor believes that Eyre Square needs more attention and said the walkway in the middle of the square was in very poor condition. He said it was imperative that litter wardens be employed on Sundays in the run-up to Christmas ‘’They are vitalto have the city running on an effective basis.’’ Tom Connell admitted that Eyre Square needed more work and he said the council was currently assesing the issue.

Work suspended on ‘problematic’ rent-a-bike sites

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Work has been stopped at three proposed docking stations for the city’s rental bike scheme, which councillors repeatedly warned would create problems for local residents.

Scotland’s independence vote will affect us

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With the schools back, the evenings longer, and summer giving way to autumn, focus is switching to the resumption of the Dáil and to what the political environment will be like over the coming months. Are we facing a winter of discontent or are the dark skies starting to give way to brighter days?

Change needed to tackle housing crisis

The Rental Accommodation Scheme is a waste of time, that is according to a number of city councillors who called for major change to properly address the housing crisis which has gripped the city and left many families with young children homeless.

Public consultation on ‘world class’ Eyre Square to Ballinasloe greenway

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Public consultation on the Galway city to Ballinasloe section of the Dublin to Galway greenway is to begin next month with planning permission expected to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála by autumn 2015.

Price is not right for Royal Tara site

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A decision on the sale of the 1.9 hectare Royal Tara China site in Mervue has been deferred after city councillors raised concerns that the figure agreed of €535,000 was not good enough for such a prime site.

Galway City Council figures reveal city election candidates’ expenses

Expenses ranging from more that €9,000 to under €1,000 were incurred by local election candidates across Galway city’s three wards in May’s local elections. However one candidate’s campaign cost him only €39.

Knocknacarra Football Club secures funding for new FIFA approved pitch

A full sized, FIFA approved, astro turf soccer pitch is to be created in Cappagh Park, following the approval of grant aid of €250,000 to Knocknacarra Football Club.

TALKING POLITICS: Cometh the hour, cometh the man?

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Galway political anoraks will not have failed to notice how Fianna Fáil councillor Ollie Crowe has taken over from his brother, Cllr Michael J, as the ‘Face of the party in the city’, these last three years.

A new lease of life for Galway Airport?

The former Galway Airport site may soon be open for business again with negotiations ongoing by the Galway City Council, Galway County Council, and Carnmore Aviation Ltd.


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