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Athenry creche get go-ahead despite objection

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Galway Bay fm newroom – Plans for a creche beside a filling station in Athenry have been aproved despite objections.
An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to Cloonan Petroleum Limited to change the use of retail units at Caheroyn [Caher-Ryan] Road into a creche.
A creche owner at Caheroyn Avenue in Athenry objected to the grant of approval to Cloonan Petroleum Limited for the childcare facility.
She argued that Athenry is already oversupplied with childcare facilities, with 10 creches serving 5 thousand people.
She also argued that there wouldn’t be adequate parking provision at the site and that the emissions from the petrol station would make the creche unsuitable for childcare.
However An Bord Pleanála ruled that the creche in Athenry can be built with 7 conditions attached, despite its own inspector recommending it be refused.
The Board decided that the new development would not injure the setting of nearby Athenry Castle and would not be prejudicial to public health.
It stipulates that the car park area must be reduced to provide no more than 12 spaces and the fencing behind the children’s play area be reduced in height.

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Large parts of North Galway to face water outages today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of North Galway will face water disruptions today due to repair works on a major leak.

Crews are working to address a significant leak on the water main at Carheens, Belclare.

There will be disruption to a large area including Kilconly West, Ballyfruit, Garraun, Liss, Logawannia, Annaghdown, Corrandulla, Headford and Crosswood.

Works are now underway – with disruptions expected to last until 7 this evening.

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Galway information event on hosting Ukrainians families this Thursday (18/08)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An information event on hosting Ukrainians families will take place at NUI Galway this Thursday.

The event will cover what is involved in hosting refugees, the supports available and how to sign up and pledge accommodation.

Recent CSO figures found 2,790 refugess have arrived in the county in total.

The information session takes place from 7 to 8:30PM at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society Building, Upper Newcastle Road.

It is presented by Ukrainians help Ukrainians Galway, Association of Ukrainians in Ireland, The Irish Red Cross, Doras, Irish Refugee Council and Nasc.

Registation is free and can be done on eventbrite.ie.

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Government publishes new action plan on bat species commonly found in West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has published a new action plan on the protection and conservation of a bat species commonly found in the West.

The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is found between Mayo and Co. Cork – with considerable pockets in Galway.

The Lesser horseshoe bat is 1 of 9 bat species found in Ireland, but unlike the other eight species, it has a very limited distribution.

It’s found along the west coast, with significant pockets in West and South Galway.

It’s distribution is linked with broadleaved and mixed woodland, and it mainly roosts in roofs of old houses or outhouses, stables or old cottages.

Measures under the new action plan include a range of site specific actions, such as building new habitats, predator-proofing, and repair of existing roofs and windows in existing roosts.

There’ll also be wide landscaping actions, aimed at improving connectivity between and around roosts, and boosting the availability of suitable foraging areas.

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