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10 percent increase in planning permission go-aheads in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a 10 percent increase in the total number of planning permissions granted throughout the city and county, bucking the national trend.

Figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office show 238 projects were given the go-ahead in Galway in the third quarter of this year, compared to 215 in the same period last year.

Figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office record 50 grants of permission for the city and 188 for the rest of the county in the third quarter of this year.

In the county, 71 grants of permission concerned extension work while 56 concerned new dwellings.

In the city, the largest portion of permissions also concerned extensions followed by conversions.

In the third quarter in 2012, there were 53 go-aheads in the city and 162 in the county.

Nationally planning permission was granted for over 14 hundred dwelling units in quarter three this year.

This is down 14 percent on the same period last year.

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🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.

She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.

It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.

In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.

Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.

The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.

Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.

However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.

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Headford pupil takes top award at national poster competition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Headford pupil has taken a top national award at this year’s Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition.

The annual event focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability – and this year’s theme was “valuing water”.

Éilla Joyce, of Scoil Naomh Fursa in Claran, was declared the national winner of the Senior Primary category.

The third class pupil also won the Senior Primary category for the North Western region, for her poster “Every Drop is Important – Save our Thirsty World”.

Meanwhile, Lilou Schmid, who attends senior infants at St. Josephs National School in Woodford, was also named a regional winner in the Junior Primary category for the North West.

While 2nd year student Sofija Stolareustea of Merlin College in Doughiska was a regional winner in the Secondary category for the North West.

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City Council assessing possibility of installing PRIDE pedestrian crossing in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is assessing the possibility of installing a PRIDE pedestrian crossing in the city.

The Local Authority has confirmed it’s received a number of representations calling for a rainbow coloured crossing and that the proposal is currently being reviewed with a decision to follow.

Council officials say if it goes ahead, the location will be selected by the engineering department with guidance from road marking contractors.

It comes as a rainbow coloured pedestrian crossing was recently installed in Dublin to mark PRIDE month which is currently ongoing.

Labour City Councillor Niall McNelis is calling for PRIDE crossings to be installed at the junction of Cross Street and in Eyre Square.

He says the proposal has the support of the local business community and it would be a very powerful symbol for the LGBT+ community in Galway.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

Photo – Dublin City Council

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