Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
A major plan to rejuvenate the Headford Road and surrounding areas – which includes a new road link with the Dyke Road – has been put on the long finger by the local authority, the Galway City Tribune has learned.
The City Council’s Director of Services for Planning Tom Connell has admitted that delivering the Local Area Plan (LAP) is now “long term” because of the economic downturn and decimation of the Council’s revenues.
Private consultants were hired by the Council in early 2008 to come up with a ‘Framework Plan’ that would provide a vision for the area – including Headford Road, Quincentenary Bridge, Dyke Road, Seán Mulvoy Road, Bóthar na mBan, St Bridget’s Terrace, Galway Retail Park and Galway Shopping Centre – and provide an extension to the city centre.
It was later decided by the local authority to devise a LAP instead of the Framework Plan.
But Tom Connell has now revealed the ‘long-term’ status of the Headford Road LAP as he over-ruled a senior planning official’s recommendation that permission be refused for a new four-storey building beside the Omniplex.
“Having regard to the current economic climate, the delivery of the draft Local Area Plan objectives are long term,” Mr Connell said in a memo to Executive Planner Eilis McCullough.
Michael Barry of Almane Properties – which owns the Galway Retail Park – applied for permission to build a new 2,355 square metre development on the disused site adjacent to the Omniplex, which will include ground floor retail space, first floor offices and 4 two-bed.
Ms McCullough recommended the latest application be rejected on the grounds the area is earmarked for significant change through the LAP.
However, the next day, she was over-ruled by Mr Connell who said the proposed use for the land is in line with the LAP and will be a catalyst for future uses.
“Having regard to the current economic climate, the delivery of the draft LAP objectives are long term, the current proposal gives potential for early delivery of objectives,” he said.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.