Galway Bay fm newsroom – A childrens’ burial ground at the site of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam has been marked as off-limits in plans for a major redevelopment of the site.
An Bord Pleanala has given the green light for the multi-million project which is to be carried out in two phases.
Construction on a new primary care centre at the Old Grove campus is already underway.
Phase one of the approved works will involve the demolition of part of a two storey extension, and refurbishment of the existing ground and first floor of the hospital.
There’ll also be a new canopy, and changes to the carpark at the front of the building, with the addition of 26 new spaces.
Phase two will see a single storey section to the south east of the hospital demolished, changes to car parking at the side and rear of the building and new landscaped gardens.
The redeveloped campus will include a Mental Health Day Hospital, Early Intervention and Disability Services.
An Bord Pleanala has attached 7 conditions to the grant of permission.
One stipulates that no works can be carried out within a specified section of the overall site – which includes a childrens’ burial ground – without a separate grant of permission from Galway County Council.
The condition follows an appeal against the development by the Tuam Grove Garden Babies group.
The group had outlined concerns over the possible unofficial burial of babies in unmarked graves at the back of the hospital.
Increase in Covid 19 figures as 393 cases are reported but the numbers receiving treatment in hospital continues to fall
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19.
That is an increase of 72 on last night’s figures.
However, the number in hospitals across the country continues to fall with 48 currently receiving treatment, a reduction of five on yesterday and down 10 on the same day last week.
14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 1 on yesterday and 8 on the same day last week.
There are no figures available for Galway.
City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.
Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.
He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.
Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.
He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.
LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.
Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.
The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.
The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.
Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic
Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.