Galway Bay fm newsroom – A second bid to create a rooftop restaurant on one of the city’s best known pubs has been shot down.
The City Council initially refused planning permission for the development on the flat roof of the Quays Bar at Quay Street, which is a protected structure.
The decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála which has also refused to allow it go ahead.
The development of a rooftop restaurant at Quay Street would have involved a new lift and stairs and an extension to the existing stairs adjacent to Druid Lane.
The City Council refused the development saying it would be an over-development of the site.
In an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, Fairleigh Limited argued that although the plot ratio would be ‘marginally’ above the accepted level, exceptions can be made if the development would not injure the amenities of the area.
They also argued that there would be no negative visual impact as the restaurant would not be seen from the street.
However, An Bord Pleanála has ruled that it’s not satisfied that the rooftop restaurant at Quay Street would not increase noise levels late into the evening.
Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate down almost half since last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate is down by almost half week-on-week.
The latest NPHET figures show the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 in the city and county now stands at 574.3 – that’s compared to 1016.8 this day last week.
1,482 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Galway over the past two weeks, including 588 in the last seven days.
The figure of 574.3 leaves Galway roughly mid-table among counties, with the national average now standing at 674.
Monaghan has the highest rate in the country at 1399.3, followed by Louth at 1044.3, while Leitrim has maintained the lowest rate at 271.5.
Fresh calls to trial cycle path along Salthill Prom
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is facing renewed calls to trial a two-way cycle path along Salthill Prom.
The Galway Urban Greenway Alliance says it could be the first step in laying the groundwork for a coastal greenway from Galway to Barna via Salthill.
It argues recent changes to the prom, including limitations on parking and gatherings, mean now is the perfect time to trial such infrastructure.
The group says the local authority previously indicated the Barna Greenway or Salthill cycleway projects were not a priority due to a lack of resources.
Campaigner Michelle Smyth says the recent announcement of almost 250 new “active travel” jobs in Ireland’s local authorities could address the situation.
Galway TD asks Government to prioritise additional parental leave
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to prioritise introducing the additional three week parental leave that was approved last month.
Deputy Mairéad Farrell says with many creches closed or taking severely reduced numbers, and family members unable to provide care under current restrictions, there is no room for delays.
Additional parental leave was announced in Budget 2020 and approved last month by Cabinet.
It applies to parents of children born after November 1st 2019 and would see them entitled to five weeks leave after their child is born or adopted.