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City bypass application due to be lodged with An Bord Pleanala in New Year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A final application for the city outer bypass is on track to be submitted to An Bord Pleanala in January.
The plan is currently working through a range of outstanding issues – including a need to translate the document into Irish.
City Councillor Peter Keane has criticised the process, saying the planning application is unnecessarily behind schedule for a number of reasons.
Some of these issues are described as complicated – such as discussions with An Bord Pleanala over the requirements laid down by the planning body and the need to have the application translated into Irish.
City CEO Brendan McGrath was keen to stress that translation delays are the least of the project’s concerns and very significant work is required to alleviate a range of issues.
Despite these challenges, he expressed confidence that the project will be submitted in the new year.
The submission would also trigger the issuing of Compulsory Purchase Orders – and the city chief said he did not want people to be informed just before Christmas that their properties are set to be demolished as part of the process.
Previously, the €600 million project had been estimated to be ‘shovel ready’ by 2021 and expected to be completed before 2025.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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