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Aldi gets green light for new Tuam supermarket

Declan Tierney



A computer-generated image of the new Tuam Aldi.

Construction of a new discount store in Tuam will commence before the end of the year – providing around 30 new jobs in the process.

That’s after Aldi received the all clear to start work on the new store in the North Galway town – construction is expected to commence over the coming months, with a 2021 opening date.

Late last year Galway County Council granted planning permission for the new store in Tuam – but this became the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanala by RGDATA, who represent independently-owned grocery outlets.

In their appeal, they stated that while they support the development of new businesses in town centres, they felt that it would have an adverse impact on other retail outlets.

However, the Planning Appeals Board have given the green light to the new Tuam store, much to the delight of shoppers in the area who are also calling for a Tesco to be developed in the town – given its population of around 8,000.

An Bord Pleanala felt that as the development will be serviced by 97 car parking spaces, it would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety.

However, they have stated that there will be a road widening issue to be carried out to ensure safety for motorists while a road safety audit also has to be completed by the developer.

There were a total of 13 conditions attached to the granting of planning permission with many of these relating to traffic safety and access to the edge of town centre site.

A spokesperson for Aldi Ireland said that work on the store in Tuam would commence before the end of the year and would be open in 2021. She estimated that around 30 people would be employed there.

Galway East TD Sean Canney welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala, saying that the new store will greatly improve the footfall of shoppers in Tuam.

He said that it would have a positive effect on all the local shops, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants in the town. He added that it would also provide valuable employment.

Deputy Canney said that he could not understand this appeal given that the development would enhance the town centre businesses and might result in the opening of some premises that had closed down for years.

Fears had been expressed over the fact that it will be constructed on the existing Glynn’s Hardware site on the Old Ballygaddy Road and would result in even more traffic woes than currently exists at this location.

Planning permission was granted for the 1,800 square metre supermarket more than a year after the application was originally submitted to Galway County Council who had requested alterations to the design and layout of the building.

It will be constructed in the hardware yard and involves the demolition of an existing building and other structures and will provide customers with ample car parking spaces.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley



Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

Stephen Corrigan



Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

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State can’t leave Galway addiction services in limbo

Dara Bradley



Any further delay in setting up an alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway City will result in more deaths, including suicides, of problem drinkers – and cause ‘total devastation’ to local families, addiction experts have warned.

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) has demanded that the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately establishes an alcohol treatment service in the city.

The professional body which accredits counsellors claims that GPs in Galway are ‘flooded’ with drink-related patients, and the Emergency Department ‘can’t cope’ with the level of alcohol admissions.

It said the long-awaited alcohol addiction treatment service planned for the city would save lives and save tens of thousands of euro on alcohol-related emergency admissions at University Hospital Galway.

Some €470,000 a year funding for the service was announced by the previous Government last December; and a commitment for the service was contained in the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party.

This week, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton, a Minister of State in the new administration, confirmed that some €225,000 for the service from now to Christmas, is available in the 2020 HSE budget to get the service up and running.

Local addiction counsellors have now demanded that the HSE urgently hire the staff, and source a building, to roll out the alcohol addiction service, which has been absent for the past seven years.

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