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Canadian firm to invest €2m euro in Connemara seaweed company

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Canadian firm has committed to investing €2m in a Connemara seaweed harvesting company.
Acadian Seaplants has been formally announced as the new owner of Arramara Teo, which is one of the longest established industries in Connemara, providing full-time and part-time employment.
The company has been in business in Cill Chiaráin since 1947.
The Gaeltacht Minister, Dinny McGinley visited the region today where he officiated at the transfer of ownership.
During the announcement, the President of Acadian Seaplants said the firm would make an initial investment of €2m.
He also envisaged further jobs in the future with some of these in the area of research and development.
President JP Deveau said more jobs will be created in time.
Minister of State, Dinny McGinley says it’s a boost for the Connemara region.

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Motorists urged to avoid N84 as road remains closed following collision involving HGV

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists are being urged to avoid the N84 this evening as the road remains closed, following a road traffic collision.

A HGV over-turned on the road between Regan’s Clonboo and McGaugh’s Garden Centre at around lunchtime.

Another vehicle was involved in the incident, and it’s understood while some injuries were reported, they’re not life threatening.

The road has been closed since lunchtime due to the need for a crane to remove the truck from the road.

Meanwhile, there was disruption on the N59 Galway to Clifden Road earlier this afternoon due to another road collision.

The incident saw the road reduced to a single lane for a time, but it’s since fully reopened, with minor injuries reported.

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Public invited to Front Line Defenders lecture at University of Galway

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Galway Bay fm – Members of the public are invited to attend the touring Front Line Defenders lecture at the University of Galway tomorrow (Fri Mar 31st)

The annual lecture is hitting Queens University in Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, before coming to Galway

Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk

The free, public lecture at University of Galway, at 2 tomorrow afternoon, will be hosted by Iranian feminist activist and journalist, Parvin Ardalan.

Registration can be done on Eventbrite.ie

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Plans for luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord rejected

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord in North Connemara have been rejected.

The commercial treehouse would have been located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.

It was billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would have accommodated up to four people.

But the plans have now been rejected by county planners, largely on environmental grounds.

They weren’t satisfied that the treehouse wouldn’t impact on nearby SAC’s – the Twelve Bens, Garraun Complex, Maumturk Mountains and Mweelrea/Sheeffry/Erriff Complex.

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