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Athenry solar farm proposal rejected by An Bord Pleanála over glint and glare concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal to build a solar farm in Athenry has been turned down by An Bord Pleanala.

Soleirtricity Ltd has been refused planning permission for a 20 megawatt energy plant at Toberroe, Caraunduff, Caherbriskaun and Rathmorrissy – which could have met the needs of 4 thousand homes.

Soleirtricity had planned to build a photovoltaic panels on mounted frames at the site in Athenry.

However, An Bord Pleanala has upheld the decision of the county council to reject the plans.

The higher authority based its decision on the proximity of the proposed development to the M6, M17/M18 and the interchange.

It ruled that the ‘glint and glare’ from the solar panels would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and distraction to road users and would interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic on the network.

Finally, An Bord Pleanala state the proposed development would adveresly affect the capacity, safety and operational efficiency of the national road network in the vicinity of the site – which would be contrary to national policy to protect the capacity of national routes.

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New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks

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GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.

The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.

However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.

A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.

Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.

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Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris

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GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.

Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.

The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.

That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.

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Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.

McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.

The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.

Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.

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