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An Taisce raises concerns over proposed €100m docks development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The proposed 100 million euro development at Galway docks has been described as unsustainable, piecemeal and ad-hoc.
An Taisce is making its formal submission at day two of the oral hearing which is taking place at the Clayton Hotel.
The hearing is being conducted after a number of appeals were lodged with An Bord Pleanála following the city council’s decision to approve the project.
At the opening of the hearing earlier this week, the applicant described the development as ‘akin to Dublin’s IFSC’.
Representatives for Bonham Docks Ltd have argued the project would result in the regeneration of a derelict, brownfield site which hasn’t been used in years.
The An Taisce submission has described the project as an unsustainable, piecemeal, ad-hoc urban development.
It argues it needs a statutory master plan in order to be plan-led and not developer-led.
The group also raised serious concerns over what it described as a lack of residential content arguing it fails to acknowledge the city’s housing shortage stating the scheme as designed will only serve itself.
The submission also highlights concerns regarding the scale, height, design and layout of the scheme which it described as an ‘inward focused office campus’.
The report states the 7 to 8 storey complex will cause significant visual change over a limited area.
In making this argument, the submission states the tallest building in this inner city area is proposed without the necessary consultation.
The group also raised concerns regarding the project’s engagement with the waterfront adding that views to the docks will be poor and overshadowed by nearby office blocks.
It also claimed the public realm areas are inadequate with no inter-linkage with other public realm areas such as the Spanish Arch.
On day one of the hearing, representatives for the developer Bonham Dock Ltd. outlined details of the plans and how they feel it will benefit the city.
The firm highlighted its separate application for a major student accommodation development.
The developer told An Bord Pleanala Inspector Brid Maxwell that the 30% requirement for residential accommodation is fulfilled when the two applications are viewed as part of an overall framework for the Bonham Quay site.
Bonham Dock Ltd says this would ease Galway’s housing crisis by freeing up rental accommodation across the city.
The hearing continues at the Clayton Hotel.

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1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”

“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”

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City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.

“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.

Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.

The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.

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200 submissions received on proposal for expansion of Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 200 submissions have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour.

The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner dock area.

The plan sets out to deliver a sustainable urban living quarter with a key focus on public realm space.

Proposed public amenities include cross-city walking and cycling routes, cultural and event spaces, recreational water sport facilities and a re-imagined street network.

The project, in conjunction with the proposed port extension, aims to expand the city to the water’s edge while future proofing the port as a transport and renewable energy hub.

A six week public consultation process opened in May with 198 submissions received by the closing date.

Presentations were also made to 20 separate stakeholders groups.

Conor O’Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company has welcomed the high level of engagement and submissions made by the people of Galway which he says will inform plans for the development of the inner dock lands.

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