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Ballinasloe residents challenge county council decision to issue permit for waste facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A group of county Galway residents have secured permission from the High Court to challenge the county council’s decision to issue a waste facility permit at a facility close to their homes.
The action has been brought by members of the ‘Ballinasloe Says No’ campaign who opposed the local authority’s decision to grant a permit allowing Sean Curran of Barna Waste to operate a waste facility at Pollboy.
In proceedings against the council, the locals claim that the decision to grant the permit is flawed because of a failure to consider the possible adverse consequences and impact the facility would have on a nearby Special Area of Preservation.
The residents all live approximately 2km from the proposed facility, the High Court heard.
They claim the operator intends to carry out various activities including disposing of inert waste, as well as the recycling of inorganic materials and waste storage.
The facility is located on a 1.25-hectare site south of Ballinasloe on the floodplain of the River Suck and is approximately 1.5km away from the designated SPA- the River Suck Callows site.
The residents claim that under provisions of the EU Habitats Directive, an Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the proposed facility should have been carried out by the council before it decided to grant the permit.
However, the residents claim no AA was carried out in respect of the site.
This they allege has created a situation where there is considerable uncertainty if there would be any adverse effects to the SPA.
Mr Curran is a notice party to the action.
The matter came before Mr Justice Seamus Noonan, who on an ex parte basis, granted the residents permission to bring proceedings against the local authority.

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1314 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Tuesday 3 August, the National Public Health Surveillance Team is reporting 1,314* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 187 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU.

There has been a total of 5,044 deaths related to COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Today, the ECDC and EMA have strongly encouraged those who are eligible for vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated to start and complete the recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule as soon as they can. Full vaccination is the best protection for you and your community from COVID-19, including from variants such as Delta, which is dominant in Ireland.”

“It is important to remember that infections in vaccinated people do not mean that vaccines do not work. While no vaccine is 100% effective in this way, these breakthrough infections that occur are generally much less severe, and they are associated with less risk of hospitalisation. Vaccines work.”

“Vaccination programmes are one of the greatest public health developments of our time. Not only are the COVID-19 vaccines available to you in Ireland all highly effective and very safe, but they are our road out of this pandemic. Vaccination enables protection of the whole community, including the most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated is an important preventative tool personally, but it is also an act of solidarity from an individual to wider society – an act that keeps one another protected, and ensures the continued safe reopening of our society and economy.”

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Board backs city council decision to approve plan for new building at Galway Rape Crisis Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.

GRCC is dedicated to providing a professional and confidential counselling and support service for those in the community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.

The project involves the demolition of the existing substandard building and the construction of a new three-storey base.

City planners had approved the plan in late January subject to 21 conditions.

However, the project was later subject to a third party appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Concerns included the site’s zoning in relation to the provisions of the Galway City Development Plan as well as the preservation of the historical culture of the Claddagh village.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission with nine conditions.

One states the glazed facade to the top floor is to be vertical and not at an angle.

The roof is also to be lowered to a flat pitch with a maximum height of 12.75 metres.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • Katherine Zappone will not accept the appointment by the government to be UN Special Envoy. In a statement, she said it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.
  • An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
  • The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

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