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Ballinasloe public meeting against waste transfer facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in Ballinasloe tonight (10/1) regarding opposition to a waste transfer facility in Poolboy.
Galway County Council granted planning permission to Sean Curran of Barna Waste for the transfer station.
However, locals have collected hundreds of signatures for a petition against the facility.
A waste transfer station is a processing site for the temporary deposition of waste.
Waste is not stored at the location but is sorted.
Locals in Ballinasloe argue that the Poolboy facility would have serious consequences for the town, with trucks using the routes through the town 6 days a week.
They are also concerned about air quality and what they claim could be potential damage to local tourism.
The county council is currently assessing a waste permit for the site and locals say they have until January 24th to submit written objections.
As part of the campaign of opposition, a public meeting will take place at the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe at 8 o’ clock tonight and more than 300 people have signed a petition.

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NUIG professor appointed to panel reviewing children’s social care services in Northern Ireland

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A professor at NUI Galway has been appointed to a special panel to review children’s social care services in Northern Ireland.

Health Minister in the NI Executive, Robin Swann, has confirmed that Professor Pat Dolan will join the panel, with the review to begin next month.

Over a 16 month period, it’ll engage with parents, children and young people, as well as those working within the services, to assess the current model under a a wide range of criteria.

Professor Dolan is Director of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, and UNESCO Chair at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway.

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Galway TD calls for residential development to be prioritised around train stations

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD says it’s mistake that across Galway, we’re not properly planning to have our towns connected with the National Rail Network.

Deputy Sean Canney says it’s good planning to designate catchment areas close to train stations as priority zones for residential development.

He feels this should be reflected in the Galway County Development Plan, as well as Local Area Plans for the individual municipal districts.

Galway East Deputy Canney says towns like Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Attymon, Athenry and Gort could benefit from this type of initiative.

Deputy Canney says it’s about improving connectivity, reducing reliance on cars, and realising the full potential of the rail network.

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Major step forward for planned Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- There’s been a major step forward in plans to build a new Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park in Knocknacarra.

This week’s meeting of Galway City Council heard the project has now been approved in principle at Government level.

The proposed Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park would be a €17m development, adjacent to the existing community centre.

It would consist of a swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym, as well as various studios and playing courts, and a cafe.

Galway City Council first applied for grant aid funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, and Sport in 2019.

At this week’s meeting of the local authority, City CEO Brendan McGrath confirmed a letter has been received from the Department in recent days.

It confirms that the Department is now in a position to enter into a legal grant agreement for a previously agreed sum of €8m.

As part of the process, Galway City Council now has to prepare and submit a raft of documentation, including the detailed design of the project and a final business case.

It’s currently estimated that the project could be delivered at Cappagh Park by early 2027.

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