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Campaigners against planned Gort gas plant to stage protest at Loughrea council meeting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are to hold a protest outside County Council offices in Loughrea tomorrow over a controversial bio-gas plant earmarked for Gort.
The project is being led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Ltd and, if completed, would be one of the largest slurry plants of its kind in the country.
The proposed 22 acre plant would be located on the Kinincha road on the outskirts of Gort.
The Gort Bio Gas Concern Group says it’s not against the idea in principle – but feel the proposed location is too close to the town.
They’ll host a protest at County Offices at Barrack Street in Loughrea tomorrow morning from 10, as a meeting of the Loughrea District gets underway.
Over 150 people attended a public meeting in Gort last month to discuss the plan and assist the public in making submissions.
Spokesperson Pearce Counihan will be speaking on FYI Galway from 5 …

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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