councillor James Charity

  • 29 separate collisions have taken place on the N84 Headford to Galway road over the past three years, according Independent Galway Cllr. James Charity.

    The cllr says the gardai have confirmed this figure to him and he says the vast majority of the collisions occurred on the section between Corrandulla and Galway City.

    He said it highlights a serious danger to locals in the area, as well as commuters travelling to and from the city to North Galway/South Mayo.

    Four of the accidents resulted in serious injury, and the case for an upgrade of this section of road is now irrefutable, he argues.

     Cllr Charity is to present the data to the Minister for Transport, as well as the Roads Department of Galway County Council,as he says  “it is imperative that action is now taken in the short term by the Department to give the local authority the go-ahead to upgrade this road.

  • Galway recorded the highest number of new cases of Covid-19 in the country yesterday at 604.

    The Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Councillor James Charity says he's disappointed but not surprised to see such high numbers.

    While the picture nationally is improving, he said the situation in  Galway appears to be getting worse, with cases in practically every town, village and parish across the county.

    Councillor Charity says it's easy to be critical of Government for decision taken in the run-up to Christmas, and he's  been critical for some time of how our borders and inward travel were treated, but says the only thing we can control now is our own personal behaviour, and he's calling on people to re-double  their efforts and adhere to the level 5 restrictions to reverse the increasing numbers in Galway.

    The Cathaoirleach has also written to the Garda Chief Superintendent requesting an increase in the Covid-19 checkpoints across Co Galway for the rest of the month.

    While he acknowledges this may not be a popular course of action with many, Councillor Charity says it's imperative we now do all we can to curb the spread of the virus.

     

  • Independent councillor James Charity has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Galway County council.

    Councillor Charity was elected as Chair following the County Council’s AGM yesterday evening.

    The new Cathaoirleach was proposed by Fine Gael councillor Andrew Reddington and seconded by Independent councillor Jim Cuddy as part of a five year pact involving eleven Fine Gael members, nine Independents and one green party councillor.

    Fine Gael councillor Pete Roche from Tuam was elected Leas Cathaoirleach.

    Cllr Charity takes over the Cathaoirleach position from councillor Jimmy McClearn.