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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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7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 137 are men / 104 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.

As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 27 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 27NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)
Ireland24393.74,464
Donegal26215.5343
Louth<5191.6247
Limerick15170.9333
Kilkenny10126.0125
Roscommon6120.878
Waterford16114.5133
Dublin91106.11,430
Meath<595.9187
Longford085.635
Tipperary<580.9129
Monaghan<579.849
Mayo579.7104
Cork1875.7411
Wicklow573.7105
Offaly<573.157
Cavan068.352
Carlow<566.738
Clare<566.579
Kildare662.9140
Sligo<558.038
Westmeath<556.350
Laois<555.547
Kerry653.579
Galway1446.1119
Leitrim031.210
Wexford<530.746
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.

It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.

The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.

They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.

There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.

While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff

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Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask

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New research has revealed the vulnerability of a rare species of trout found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

Ferox trout are large, long-lived fish eating trout that are believed to be genetically distinct from normal brown trout.

They are normally found in deep lakes, and the great majority of Irish specimen Ferox trout have been found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

A new scientific paper has been published which studied the Ferox trout in these lakes and sought to discover their spawning location.

Researchers found that over 90 percent of Ferox trout tagged in Lough Corrib spawned in a single spawn streaming, the Cong River.

While over 70 percent of those tagged in Lough Mask spawned in the Cong Canal and Cong River.

Dr. Paddy Gargan with Inland Fisheries Ireland says the findings show the vulnerability of the species – but he believes they do now have increased protection.

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