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An Bord Pleanala rejects appeal against Salthill apartment block

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Plenala has rejected a local residents’ appeal against a Salthill apartment block.
Earlier this year, the City Council approved plans for the new development in the heart of the suburb.
However, the decision was appealed to An Bord Plenala by the Lower Salthill Residents’ Association.

John and Jennifer Lillis hope to demolish an existing apartment building at 12 Lower Salthill, and replace it with 5 new apartments.
The apartment building to be demolished forms part of an existing terrace of buildings.
The new development would also include parking and amenity space.
In an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, the Lower Salthill Residents’ Association raised concerns that there would be overlooking from windows and balconies and that the building would overshadow neighbouring properties.
However, the higher planning authority has given the project the green light with 17 revised conditions.
One stipulates that 1.8 metre frosted glass screens must be provided on both sides of the second floor balconies.

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Exhibition launched at University of Galway on legacy of Tomás Ó Máille

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GBFM Newsroom – Minister Jack Chambers has officially launched a major exhibition at the University of Galway celebrating the legacy of Tomás Ó Máille, the first professor of Irish in the college.

Originally from Joyce Country, Tomás Ó Máille was appointed professor in 1909 and held that position until his untimely death in 1938.

Through images and audio-visual recordings, the Professor’s remarkable achievements as a scholar, writer, linguist, lecturer, newspaper editor, collector, and activist are showcased.

The exhibition will run for three months at the Hardiman Building,with plans being finalised to tour in the west of Ireland and overseas.

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Minister praises young Gaelgeoirs as he opens Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Gaelgeoirs have been praised during the official opening of the new Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra.

A red ribbon was cut today by Junior Minister Jack Chambers at Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh to officially open the centre.

It will provide pre-school and after-school facilities, along with supporting the implementation of an Irish language plan for the Knocknacarra and Barna areas.

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs was particularly taken with the young Gaelgeoirs he met at the school

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HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre

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GBFM Newsroom – The HSE are defending the decision to place the Loughrea Day Centre services in the Loughrea Hotel for three days.

There has been backlash from some of the community, since it was announced the hotel would host the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

[In a statement, the HSE confirmed they had to move the Seven Springs area in St Brendan’s due to a HIQA re-registration condition.

St. Brendan’s CNU required additional circulatory space for residents, meaning the space needed to be re-purposed.

The HSE agreed the Loughrea Hotel would be a satisfactory interim solution, and had sought to reconfigure the CNU to provide a permanent day service within the centre.

However HSE Estate advised this was not a feasible option due to the topography of the site, loss of bedroom space and construction challenges within the building.]

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