Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has backed a city council decision to refuse planning permission to retain signage at the Victoria Hotel in the city centre.
The application led by Byrne Hotel Management Ltd was turned down by city planners in January.
The application sought to retain alterations and new finishes to the existing canopy as well as new signage to the canopy over the main entrance.
City planners had stated the canopy represents an overbearing visually obtrusive projecting structure, which fails to assimilate well with the existing building and street scape.
The higher planning authority has backed the city council’s decision to refuse permission.
An Bord Pleanála stated the visual appearance of the canopy is overbearing and obtrusive and is contrary to the provisions of the city development plan.
Coming up on FYI Galway@5
- The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says there will be an increase in the minimum wage in the budget. He also believes the point at which someone begins to pay the higher rate of tax, should go up.
- Young Galway climate action protestors will gather in Eyre Square in the city tomorrow for a demonstration. It’s part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ campaign – a worldwide movement of student led strikes.
- The President of the Students Union at GMIT says some students are being forced to commute up to 5 hours a day due to the lack of available accommodation in Galway city and county.
Body found near Kinvara shoreline identified
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The body located on the shoreline in Kinvara has been identified as that of a woman who had been missing from the Tyrone area.
It follows a post mortem examination.
A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30am on Tuesday at Doorus, north of Kinvara.
The PSNI says it is no longer searching for missing person Laura Vizgirdaite, following the discovery made in Galway.
The 22 year old was last seen in the Far Circular Road area of Dungannon on Sunday 12th September.
At the time, it was believed Laura may have made her way to County Clare.
The death is NOT being treated as suspicious.
Galway students commuting up to 5 hours a day as accommodation crisis impacts
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of the Students Union at GMIT says some students are being forced to commute up to 5 hours a day due to the lack of available accommodation in Galway city and county.
Approximately 2000 students attending Galway Mayo Institute of Technology are awaiting accommodation, with approximately 1700 of those in Galway alone.
It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are on waiting lists for student accommodation.
The Union of Students is holding a protest outside Leinster House calling for urgent action – and is planning a 24 hour sleepout.
President of GMIT Student’s Union Colin Kearney says students who cannot secure accommodation are finding it increasingly difficult to get to their college campus – we will have an extended feature on this issue on FYI Galway@5