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City council urged to initiate compulsory order for Corrib Great Southern derelict site

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the city council to initiate a compulsory order on the Corrib Great Southern site in the absence of a commencement date for the demolition of the building.

Councillor Alan Cheevers claims it’s incomprehensible that the dilapidated and derelict hotel is still standing.

The demolition of the former hotel, which closed in 2007, was set to get underway last month – but has yet to begin.

Fianna Fail councillor Cheevers says it’s a “haven” for anti-social behavior and an eyesore right at the gateway to the east of Galway City.

Councillor Cheevers told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks the people of the East side of the city have had enough….

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City Council to publish all Part 8 planning applications online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to publish all Part 8 planning applications online.

Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly proposed uploading the documents to the Local Authority’s online planning system, where they could be publicly viewed – at this week’s meeting.

The City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath advised Councillor Connolly that it would be more appropriate to upload the documents to the City Council’s general website as the planning section was not designed to host Part 8 documents.

Meanwhile, Director of Services for Planning Ruth McNally advised the meeting that a new portal is being set up where the files can also be uploaded.

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File sent to DPP over Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have sent a file to the DPP in relation to the investigation surrounding the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, which was held in Connemara last summer.

81 people, including politicians and members of the judiciary attended the event in Clifden in August, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Golfgate was followed by the resignation of Phil Hogan as EU Trade Commissioner and the resignation of former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary.

A number of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael senators also lost the party whip as a result.

Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe was also in attendance, but a report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found it would be unjust to seek his resignation.

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Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’

The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.

Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.

She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.

The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….

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