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Appeals Board allows changes at Salthill hotel

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Galway Bay Fm newsroom – Plans to retain changes to parking facilities at Salthill Court Hotel have been given the go-ahead following a first party appeal.
An Bord Pleanala has given its approval subject to seven conditions.
In January, city planners gave the go-ahead to retain the raised deck on the front terrace as a landscaped area.
However an application for the reduction of the total number of parking spaces to 258 spaces, which would mean omitting previously permitted ‘stacker’ units, was refused.
The applicant Richard Byrne appealed this decision stating that the stacker units would involve considerable expense and would be difficult to operate.
He also states that the hotel has worked satisfactorily with the existing number of spaces.
In granting the appeal, the Board said that having regard to the existing and well-established use of the site, the proposed development would not seriously injure the visual or residential amenity.
It was granted subject to seven conditions.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.

Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….

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Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.

The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.

In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.

Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.

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