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An Bord Pleanála rejects plan for 330 apartment development in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanala has refused permission for a controversial plan for the development of 330 apartments in Knocknacarra.

The plan led by Glenveagh Developments would see the construction of six blocks, ranging from 4 to 7 storeys, at Knocknacarra District Centre, Gort na Bró in Rahoon.

The development consisted of 93 one-bed apartments, 219 two-bed apartments and 20 three-bed apartments, 16 retail units, a creche, a courtyard, and space for communal use.

It has been met with significant local opposition with a petition against the project receiving over 700 signatures.

Concerns included the potential impact on nearby schools, public transport in the area and the over-density on the site in question.

In making its decision, An Bord Pleanála stated the ratio of dual aspect apartments proposed is substantially below the minimum requirement and that this would fail to provide an acceptable standard of amenity for its future occupants.

It was also considered that the proposed childcare facility provision is deficient in the provision of childcare places and is not in accordance with guidelines.

It was also noted that the board was not satisfied that the quality of communal open space and the limited extent of the proposed podium level deck between Blocks E and F would provide a sufficient visual and residential amenity for future occupants.

Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly says many local residents will be relieved by the outcome – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Executive Director of WHO programme addresses NUIG conferring of 190 future doctors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has delivered an inspiring address to NUI Galway’s online conferring of 190 future doctors.

Dr Mike Ryan, an NUIG graduate of the class of 1988 asked the new graduates to ‘protect themselves, others and serve those in need’.

The Newcastle based university hosted an online conferring ceremony for the School of Medicine today due to COVID 19 restrictions.

The Health Minister Simon Harris also addressed the graduation ceremony via video link and told NUIG’s 2020 Medicine class to “come work with us.”

Executive Director at the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme Dr Mike Ryan urged the medicine class to join the battle against COVID-19.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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Roscommon/Galway TD urges government to consider proposal for development of template for cloth face coverings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD is calling on the National Public Health Emergency Team to consider a proposal on the wearing of home-made cloth face coverings in public and work areas.

According to the HSE, face coverings are unlikely to be of any benefit to the public unless a person is sick.

The Regional Group of Independent TDs, of which Roscommon/Galway Deputy Denis Naughten is chair, says cloth face coverings could prevent cough and sneeze droplet spread.

The group has pointed to new evidence from the Centre for Disease Control in the US, which recommends wearing face coverings in public settings.

The Regional Group argues that the Government’s “Community Call” programme should consider taking the lead in providing face masks templates to the public so that they can be made at home.

It has moved to stress the masks would not be akin to those reserved and worn by frontline heathcare workers.

Deputy Naughten says wearing cloth masks could allow some people to return to work, while continuing to observe social distancing….

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NUIG Professor Alan Ahearne cites reasons for cautious optimism after coronavirus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Professor Alan Ahearne says there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the economy after the coronavirus.

Alan Ahearne is Director of the Whitaker Institute and Professor of Economics at the university.

He also served as Special Adviser to Ireland’s former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from 2009 to 2011

Professor Ahearne says there are some reasons for optimism as it’s not a typical recession.

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