Galway county council

  • Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Galway County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for homes and businesses on both sides of Barrack Street in Loughrea town supplied by the Loughrea-Knockanima Public Water Supply. The notice was issued to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following the detection of E. coli in the water supply to Barrack Street, Loughrea town.

    Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Galway County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, all customers on Barrack Street in Loughrea town are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

    The areas affected include both sides of Barrack Street in Loughrea town from the Green to Lake Road. The Boil Water Notice does not apply to other areas in Loughrea.

     

     

  • A man has sued Galway County Council over the alleged wrongful seizure and subsequent slaughter of a thoroughbred horse.

    Edward McDonagh, of Bóthar an Coiste, Headford Road,  Galway, says he owned the stallion called Chief of Colours which was seized by the local authority in February 2018.

    The Irish Times reports that in judicial review proceedings, Mr McDonagh claims the council acted outside its powers when it refused his request to release the horse and euthanised the animal as a manner of enforcing a debt about which he claims there was a genuine dispute.

    He alleges the council’s policy of detaining and disposing of horses where fees have not been paid, and failures to give him information legitimately requested by him and to engage with him, did not respect his constitutional rights to fair procedure.

    He wants declarations to that effect and also seeks damages for the alleged wrongful and unlawful slaughtering of his horse.

     

    The claims are denied and the council says its decision to detain, withhold and dispose of the horse was valid and done in accordance with law.

    The county council claimed that - despite being given plenty of opportunities to do so - Mr McDonagh had failed to produce valid information that would have identified him as the owner of the horse, and said Mr McDonagh did not hold a valid passport for the horse.

    The council also denied the horse was wrongly and disproportionately withheld because the fees were not paid.

    The horse was seized after it was found wandering on a public road, causing a hazard to motorists and was not taken from private property, the council said.

    Mr Justice Garrett Simons said he would give judgment in the matter after Easter.

     

  • Galway county council is warning the public that illegal waste collectors are operating across the county.

    Taking to social media the local authority is warning that unofficial waste collectors are operating in the region.

    Under the “stopdumping” socoal media trend the local authority claims that illegitimate waste collectors do not transport rubbish to landfill, but rather dump it illegally.

    In a statement it advises:

    Always ask to see a waste collection permit before you give your waste to any collector and keep a record of the permit number and receipts.

    If you suspect a collector does not hold a permit please contact Galway County Council’s Environment Section at 091 509510 or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council has submitted a notice of Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála for the delivery of the Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme which involves an extension to Loughrea.

    The CPO if confirmed is for lands relating to the construction of a new water storage reservoir and associated networks in the following areas: Craughwell, Roo, Lecarrow, Moyveela and Oran Beg. If confirmed, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to acquire the land, permanent wayleave and permanent right of way and temporary working areas required for this project.

    This benefit of this project is to improve drinking water quality and security of supply to approximately 6,000 people in Loughrea Town and the surrounding areas.

    Consultations have been on-going with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. However, Irish Water was unable to acquire all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis. Given the importance of the project to the water infrastructure, Irish Water is now attempting to acquire the wayleaves and lands by way of CPO pursuant to the provisions of the Water Services Act, 2007 (as amended).

    If the CPO is confirmed then it is expected that works will commence in early 2019.

  • Local authorities who are failing to spend their Traveller acccomodation budgets could face financial sanctions, under proposals being examined by a Government-appointed expert group.

    The Oireachtas Committee on Housing heard yesterday that, in the last year, 9 local authorities - including Mayo and Galway County Councils - have not spent a cent of their allocation for Traveller accommodation.

    The committee heard from members of the expert committee established earlier this year by Minister of State Damien English to review the operation of the 1998 Traveller Accommodation Act and how local authorities are delivering Traveller accommodation.

    They suggested that councils not delivering Traveller accommodation should face, for example, having their roads budget cut to focus the minds of elected representatives.

     

     

  • Minister Sean Canney is calling on the government to immediately allocate additional funding to cash strapped Galway county council.

    The Galway East based Independent Minister for Rural Affairs has called on the Minister for local Government John Paul Phelan to visit Galway county council as a matter of urgency to explain his plans to address the crisis.

    While Galway county council is the second largest local authority geographically in the country, it receives the fourth lowest amount of funding from central government.

     Minister Canney spoke to Midwest News today about the crisis.

  • An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for a large wind farm in Co Galway.

    A number of strong objections were lodged against it.

    Arderroo Wind Farm asked the planning appeals board for planning permission for 25 wind turbines in rural Connemara - in the townlands of Arderroo, Letter and Finaun.

    Several residents objected.

    Their concerns included fears about the impact it would have on birds and bats, along with the noise and visual impacts.

    Galway County Council said the development was acceptable, and An Bord Pleanala granted permission, subject to 25 conditions.

    It said the most significant adverse affects of the wind farm could be mitigated against.

    Several other wind farms are located in the area.

  • Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan, has announced that he has presented a report on Local Government structures in Cork and Galway to Government.

    The report endorses the recommendations of the Galway Expert Advisory Group for the amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils, to provide a geographically balanced and integrated approach to economic development throughout the entire county of Galway and better reflect the economic importance of Galway and the Western region.

    The main recommendations of the Government Report are as follows:

    The scheduled 2019 local elections should be held to the two existing local authorities as currently constituted, but the amalgamation should happen no later than 2021.

    The members elected in 2019 to each local authority should combine to form the membership of the unified Galway City and County Council on the date of amalgamation, with the first elections to the unified authority to be held in 2024.

    The recommended amalgamation must be preceded by addressing noted deficiencies in both human and financial resources noted by the Group.

    At representational level, the structure of Municipal Districts must be strengthened and their full potential explored and resourced.

    As a first step, the Minister will shortly publish a legislative provision for the appointment of a single chief executive with dual responsibility for Galway City and County Councils, who will be able to initiate administrative integration across the two local authorities arising from a recent Expert Advisory Group report.

    Welcoming the report, Minister Phelan said “This is the first step towards establishing a new unified Galway authority, which will maximise the potential of the region to maintain, secure and grow a sustainable economic base into the future. A unified council will provide a geographically balanced and integrated approach to economic development throughout Galway and further boost its vibrant cultural and artistic milieu.”

     

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    Swimming has been temporarily prohibited at the beach at An Spideal , county Galway as a result of the bathing water quality.

    Galway county council says that due to high levels of bacteria detected in a water sample taken at Ceibh An Spideal beach on Tuesday , the restrictions are in place,

    A further sample was taken on Thursday and the local authority is awaiting the results from it.

  • Demand for water right across Co Galway is increasing and as a result Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, will be imposing night time restrictions on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Due to a major increase in demand, supply to Clarenbridge Water Tower is not sufficient to meet demand and customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.

    Water restrictions are also in place in Inis Oirr nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, and Ballinasloe to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Meanwhile Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the two at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea and Grangemore/Cavetown public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

     

     

     

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council have restored water to the Kilkerrin/Moylough Public Water Supply .

    Areas supplied by Slieveroe Water Tower suffered loss of water supply due to a deterioration in raw water quality as a result of exceptionally heavy rain over the weekend. 

    Galway County Council operations crews in Kilkerrin/Moylough worked yesterday to ensure that treated water quality has been restored to acceptable levels.

    It takes several hours for the network to refill entirely so some areas will not have water returned until this morning, mainly in the Moylough area.

    The areas affected are Kilkerrin and Moylough impacting 1,500 people.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 274274.