City Council issues just 3 CPOs in seven years
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council made just 3 requests to take land or property by CPO in the past seven years.
County Councils have the power to use Compulsory Purchase Order if it’s deemed to be for the common good.
CPOs – or Compulsory Purchase Orders – are typically associated with land acquisition, but can be used to take over houses and property.
According to the Irish Independent, just 240 orders have been issued by county councils nationwide in the past 7 years.
That’s despite 184 thousand properties lying vacant across the country.
Just three compulsory purchase orders were made by Galway City Council – while no figures were made available for the County Council.
According to the Irish Independent, Louth County Council accounted for the bulk of CPOs made in the past 7 years – with 141 requests made.
Meanwhile, at least sixteen local authorities nationwide did not issue a single compulsory purchase order during that time.
Public meeting to unveil plans for new school for The Bish
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city next week to unveil detailed plans for a new school building for The Bish.
The project would see St Joseph’s Patrician College relocate from Nuns’ Island to a greenfield site at Dangan.
It’ll be adjacant to University of Galway and a planning application is expected next month.
The public meeting to discuss the plans will take place at the Ardilaun Hotel on Tuesday, March 28th, from 1pm until 8pm.
Speaking to Galway Talks, principal John Madden says the new school is badly needed at this point.
Polish Ambassador to visit Galway this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Polish Ambassador in Ireland, Anna Sochanska, is visiting Galway city this weekend (24+25/03).
Ms Sochanska is set to meet officials and attend the International Business Forum and Fair in Salthill on Saturday.
The event brings together businesses, entrepreneurs and decision-makers to network and shop for products and suppliers throughout Ireland.
The Polish Ambassador will also discuss student exchange and Polish Green technologies during her visit.
Call for major investment in healthcare to alleviate doctor shortage in Headford
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a call for major investment in healthcare in Headford, as the area faces a GP shortage.
Councillor Andrew Reddington has met with Community Healthcare West Chief Officer Breda Crehan Roche, as recruitment has begun to replace a retired GP in the town.
Councillor Reddington says there is demand for a primary healthcare centre in Headford, for people in surrounding areas as well as the town itself.
He states there is a national shortage of GPS and rural areas like Headford are the worst hit.