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Ballinasloe residents appeal crematorium plans

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Galway bay fm newsroom – A residents association in Ballinasloe, representing more than 10 individual groups, is appealing the decision to allow a crematorium be built in the area.

Poolboy community development council has lodged an objection to Kevin Tuohy’s plans for the single storey facility in Garbally demesne.

They argue that no strategic site selection appears to have been carried out, and the only rationale for selecting it seems to be that a sufficient area of land is available.

Several members of Ballinasloe town council have also submitted documents to An Bord Pleanala stating that a legal challenge will be considered if the permission is not revoked at the appeal stage.

 

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Over 80% of people in West claim they increased time spent outdoors since COVID-19 hit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 81% of people in West claim they have increased the time they spend in natural spaces since COVID-19 hit.

The CSO data found that, nationwide, 78% of people say they spend more time outdoors now than in March 2020.

More than half of people surveyed in the West said they discovered a new natural space in that time.

While just 14% said they looked at getting access to a private or shared outdoor space.

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Average house in Galway city takes four weeks to sell

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average house in Galway city takes just four weeks to sell, with prices rising by 3.1 percent between July and September.

In the city, the average house price is now €330,000, while in the county it has risen by 2.4 percent to €210,000.

Nationwide, there is disparity in the rate of inflation, with MyHome.ie registering a fall in asking prices of 1.3% in the third quarter of the year.

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Drink and drug driving offences in Galway increased on last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drink and drug driving offences in Galway have increased by almost 30 percent compared to this time last year.

The CSO has released the Crime Offences figures, which are still under Reservation.

It comes at the start of Irish Road Safety week (Monday 3 October to Sunday 10 October).

So far in 2022, 156 drivers have been discovered over the legal alcohol limit.

While 31 drivers have been caught under the influence of drugs in the county, according to CSO figures of the Galway Garda Division.

It’s a combined total of 187 incidents so far this year in Galway – an increase of 28 percent on the 146 reported incidents last year

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