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An Bord Pleanala lists May date for city ring road decision

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has provisionally set a date in May next year to make a decision on a proposed city ring road.
The planning application was submitted to the higher planning authority last week under Strategic Infrastructure legislation.
The 650 million euro road project would run from Barna across to the Headford Road and Ballybrit with a new bridge and viaduct across the River Corrib.
40 homes are set to be demolished as part of the plans with many more properties affected.
Submissions from the public will be accepted until December 21st and an oral hearing is expected to take place early next year.
Galway County Council is the applicant and has submitted extensive Environmental Impact and Natura Impact Statements to the higher planning authority.
An Bord Pleanála has set a provisional date of May 7th for a decision on the project, if there are no delays.

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Galway Residents Eligible For A Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Will Begin Receiving Appointments Next week.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: People living in Galway who are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination will begin receiving their appointments next week.

The HSE will start offering third dose appointments to people with compromised immune systems from Wednesday.

The booster shots will start to be administered from next Friday.

NIAC recommended earlier this month to offer booster mRNA vaccines to immunocompromised people over the age of 12.

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Restored Meelick Weir and Walkway To Be Officially Opened

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD and Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will be in South Galway later today.

They will officially open the restored Meelick weir and walkway in Meelick, Eyrecourt.

The ceremony will take place at noon when they will be joined by Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland, John McDonagh.

The weir was damaged in severe storms in 2009 and again in 2015/2016, when the walkway was also damaged and was subsequently closed.

Work on the three million euro Waterways Ireland project began in 2017 and included the restoration of the weir, its 300 metre walkway and tilting weir gates.

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Accommodation Crisis Sees Huge Response To Potential New Bus Service For Galway Students Attending Limerick Colleges

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Athenry Bus Company says it’s had a huge public response to its plans to start operating a new bus route to the three colleges in Limerick as the accommodation crisis impacts.

Farrells of Athenry posted a social media post asking people to register their interest in a potential new route going from Loughrea to Athenry and on to the University of Limerick, LIT and Mary Immaculate College.

It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are currently on waiting lists for student accommodation with the Union of Students stating that difficulties accessing a place to stay are worse than ever.

Manager of Farrells of Athenry Bus Company Fergus Farrell says the accommodation crisis has created an immediate need for other options for Galway students hoping to study at campuses outside the county.

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