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Aldi gets green light for new Tuam supermarket

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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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Hospitality group raises €90k

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Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Residents in fear of gangs travelling to rural Galway to burgle homes

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Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins.

Residents in rural County Galway are living in fear of being burgled after one small area suffered at least 10 raids in the month of January.

Councillor Mary Hoade told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) this week that those figures were for around Headford alone, as she called for additional resources to target travelling crime gangs visiting the county.

“Some of these burglaries are taking place in the morning when people go to work; some are in the evening; and others at night. It’s very frightening.  We recognise that these criminals are coming into the county, but we need more support to fight crime,” said Cllr Hoade.

“Rural garda stations have less resources . . . we’re relying on the resources in the nearest town,” she continued.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said gardaí couldn’t be everywhere at once, but communities needed to act as their eyes and ears and report suspicious activity when they see it. Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins (pictured) told the JPC that Galway was being targeted from time to time by travelling gangs.

“Three different gangs visited the county on one day recently,” said Det Supt Cummins.

Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) said she believed increased CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras – to capture known gangs on tour – should be rolled out.
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IDA Ireland’s €10m land purchase backs Oranmore for industry base

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Former Mayor of County Galway, Liam Carroll.

IDA Ireland has trebled its footprint on the outskirts of Oranmore by purchasing more than 100 acres of land to support industry.

It’s understood the semi-state body purchased some 42.9 hectares on the outskirts of Oranmore, for a price in excess of €10 million.

The strategic purchase of land adjacent to some 21 hectares zoned ‘business and technology’ and already owned by the IDA, was a “major vote of confidence” in Oranmore and Galway, according Cathaoirleach of the Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District, County Councillor Liam Carroll (FG).

It brings the total amount of land owned by the IDA in the area to over 150 acres.

This latest parcel, purchased at the end of 2022, is located off the N67 Claregalway Road, to the north and east of the Galway to Dublin Rail line.

“It would be ideally suited and attractive to a major multinational company or companies for the establishment of a high tech, pharmaceutical or medical device type facility,” Cllr Carroll said.

The entire site of 150-plus acres is close to the M6 motorway, and an hour away from international links, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Knock.  It is also close to a number of potential Park & Ride sites, identified by the National Transport Authority as being suitable for commuters.

It’s understood the land is zoned agricultural and would require a material alteration to the County Development Plan to be voted on by county councillors, in order for it to be rezoned before 2028.

(Photo: Cllr Liam Carroll, who believes the land could be developed for a tech or pharmaceutical hub).
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