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70 new apartments planned for west of the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 70 new apartments could be built in the west of the city in the coming month.
The city council has given approval for one development, while another two applications are currently under consideration.
Approval’s been given for a new residential development at Taylors Hill.
Declan Taite and Anne O’ Dwyer as Joint Receivers over certain assets of The Model Investment Partnership, had sought planning permission for the development at Taylor’s Hill Court.
It will comprise a block of 8 duplex apartments and maisonettes with revised parking.
City planners have given the green light with 15 conditions attached including a stipulation that the developer must pay a development contribution of over 58 thousand euro.
Meanwhile, there are plans for another 47 apartments at Clybaun Road.
Oak Ventures Ltd has applied for planning permission for the development at Mincloon.
The project would involve the construction of two to four storey blocks containing 47 apartments, as well as bin stores, substations, landscaping and a new entrance road.
A decision is due from city planners in July.
The planning team is also considering an application to demolish two derelict houses on the Cappagh Road to make space for new apartments.
Joint receivers Declan Taite and Anne O’ Dwyer – who’ve already secured permission for the Taylor’s Hill project – have also applied for permission to demolish two homes at Lenabower, and build 2 new duplex blocks.
The first will consist of 4 two-bed units and 4 one-bed apartments, while the second will have 2 two-bed units and 3 one-bed apartments.
City planners are due to make a decision on the Cappagh Road project in the coming weeks in June.

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3 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, 335 new cases, 8 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,036 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 25th November, the HPSC has been notified of 335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,494* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 162 are men / 171 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 35 years old
  • 119 in Dublin, 29 in Kilkenny, 23 in Limerick, 20 in Donegal, 19 in Tipperary, 19 in Cork, with the remaining 106 spread across 19 other counties.

As of 2pm today 246 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

ENDS//

*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 28 confirmed cases. The figure of 71,494 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 25 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 25NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (12NOV2020 to 25NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days (12NOV2020 to 25NOV2020)
Ireland335103.94949
Donegal20218347
Louth17201.7260
Limerick23188.3367
Waterford11149.8174
Kilkenny29131130
Roscommon<5122.479
Dublin119115.21552
Meath<5105.6206
Monaghan<5104.364
Longford<5100.341
Offaly<597.576
Tipperary1994.6151
Mayo1191.9120
Westmeath<591.281
Cavan<585.365
Cork1982.2446
Wicklow1078.6112
Carlow<577.344
Kildare676.9171
Clare<575.790
Sligo<559.539
Galway854.6141
Laois654.346
Kerry553.579
Leitrim040.613
Wexford<536.755
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Galway TD introduces Dáil bill to strengthen lobbying rules

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Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell has introduced a bill in the Dáil to strengthen regulation against lobbying.

Introducing the bill, Deputy Farrell said poor public standards lead to poor democratic systems – and that events in recent months prove the need for increased regulation.

Reviews on lobbying regulations were carried out in 2016 and 2019, and recommendations were made by the Standards in Public Office Commision.

However, Deputy Farrell contended the Government has ignored these recommendations and has no interest in implementing them.

However, Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath, said he needed time as a new Minister to have a fresh look at the recommendations from 2016 and 2019.

He tabled an amendment which was accepted in the Dáil last evening, which means a waiting time of 9 months before the bill can be read a second time.

Deputy Farrell has expressed disappointment at the development and says it’s shaping up to be another can-kicking exercise by the Government – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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HSE criticised over lack of home help hours across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is being criticised over a considerable shortfall in home help hours across Galway.

The matter was raised by Councillor Declan McDonnell at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West.

He wanted to know how many people are awaiting home help hours and if there is a staff shortfall in providing these hours.

In response, it was acknowledged that the HSE is currently ‘challenged’ in sourcing carers for home support clients in some rural areas.

It was also confirmed that 39 clients are currently on the waiting list across Galway for home support.

Councillor McDonnell says even those who ARE getting home help at present, are often barely getting an hour per day – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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