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An Taisce queries site selection for proposed Galway Hospice building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Taisce has argued that building the proposed new building for Galway Hospice in the south meadows beside Merlin Park Hospital does not represent good planning.
Peter Butler of An Taisce addressed the oral hearing on the project plan at the Connacht Hotel today.
An Taisce submits that building a hospice within the grounds of Merlin Park Hospital would represent better planning having considered the availability of alternative suitable sites.
The group also argues the planning authority should have sought clarification on site selection information from the applicant such as future building projects including the possible replacement of units 5 and 6, and possible alternative sites within the grounds of Merlin Park Hospital.
Mr. Butler stressed that while An Taisce is in full support of enhanced palliative care services in the city and county, it does not agree with the site selected.
Caroline Stanley of The Friends of Merlin Woods questioned the plan for future development at the 6.7 hectare site, when, she argued, only 2.8 hectares is needed.
She urged An Bord Pleanala officials to protect biodiversity in the city and not to set a precedent for destruction.
Opening the hearing submissions, Galway Hospice CEO Mary Nash said the site is ideal as it is adjacent to an acute hospital and provides a quiet space where patients can have peace and tranquillity.
The CEO said a site has been sought since 2010 when an options appraisal was carried out which recommended that the site in Renmore had limitations for expansion.
She said demand for the service is growing rapidly due to the West’s ageing population and the service expansion to care for not just cancer patients but other areas such as MS, COPD, Parkinsons and those with respiratory failure.
The hearing continues.
We’ll have an extended report from our 0n location reporter Antoinette Giblin on FYI Galway from 5…

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New survey finds people in Connacht most likely to break lockdown earlier this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

People in Galway and the rest of Connacht were most likely to break lockdown earlier this year.

That’s according to a new survey from Geographical information company Esri who commissioned the poll of a thousand people.

53 per cent of people in Galway and the rest of the west admitted they went beyond the allowed distance from home for reasons other than work, care or to the shop.

Nationally, 45 per cent of those surveyed said they broke traveling restrictions during the country wide lockdown.

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Half a million euro for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Over half a million euro has been awarded to Galway’s local authorities for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

The allocation has been made by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and forms part of a national pot worth 18 million euro.

Through this latest funding tranche, Galway City Council will receive 310 thousand euro, while the County Council has been allocated just under 250 thousand euro.

The grants have been announced to support the Disabled Persons Grant scheme and improvement works in lieu of the Social Housing Scheme.

The Disabled Persons Grant scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps and the creation of downstairs bedrooms.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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Calls for City Chief Executive to intervene in long-running dispute over re-design of Kirwan junction

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the City Chief Exeutive Brendan McGrath to intervene in a long-running dispute regarding the design of the planned signalised junction at the Kirwan roundabout, near the Menlo Park Hotel

Over two years ago the Local Authority passed a Part-8 process to change the roundabout, on the Headford Road, to a signalised junction.

At that time, the Collins family, who live adjacent to the junction, raised concerns that the plans would impinge on their property.

They were assured that their concerns would be taken into consideration and an agreement would be reached.

That’s according to Fianna Fail City Councillor Mike Crowe who says discussions he has held with the Transport Section of Galway City Council, on behalf of the family, have proved fruitless.

Councillor Crowe put forward a motion at this week’s meeting of Galway City Council which asked the City Chief Executive to intervene in the matter to bring about a resolution for the Collins family

Mr McGrath promised to review the matter, and speak about it in due course.

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