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Concern County Development Plan not compliant with current European legislation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A councillor has argued that the current county development plan is not compliant with European legislation.

Athenry/Oranmore councillor Jim Cuddy made the comments as officials presented their plan to develop a new county development plan for 2021 to 2027.

The plan will take just under two years to develop and will involve various stages of consultation.

Officials advised it’s estimated 14 different settlements will be inserted into the plan.

Councillor Cuddy told officials he felt the new plan faces difficulties due to the Belgian Decree – a European Court of Justice ruling which he argues still hasn’t been implemented by the department.

The Independent councillor says rural house guidelines were drawn up in 2005 with the Irish government later advised in 2007 that they were not in compliance with EU legislation.

He argues the rural house guidelines have yet to be reviewed by government to reflect EU legislation and are unfair to those who wish to build their own home.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Councillor calls for increased staffing levels at Athenry train station

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Rail is being urged to review its staffing levels, as well as access to public toilet facilities and lifts at Athenry train station.

Independent councillor Gabe Cronnelly has raised the matter at municipal district level.

He says that the waiting room in Athenry is only available from 8am to 4pm and outside of these hours, there is no access to toilets.

His comments followed the circulation of correspondence from Irish Rail following a call to review the frequencies of the train stops in Attymon, Athenry and Oranmore.

He also argued that a lift is regularly out of order causing many who are elderly or who have a disability to travel to other stations such as Oranmore.

In correspondence to the MD, Irish Rail stated Attymon station is a low demand area and the addition of stops would require significant additional patronage.

The Seanad candidate argued Attymon is low demand simply because nobody knows about it.

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Major extension for Headford school to increase capacity by 300 pupils

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has approved a major extension for Presentation College Headford – which will bring the secondary school’s population to 1-thousand pupils.

Galway East TD and Junior Minister received the confirmation from Minster Joe McHugh.

The multimillion euro development includes a major extension providing new classrooms and technology rooms – as well as a new state-of-the-art autism unit which will consist of three specially designed classrooms and sensory rooms.

The school’s existing building will also undergo refurbishment and repurposing during the development.

The extension will allow Presentation College Headford to increase its enrolment from 700 pupils to 1-thousand.

Minister Cannon says this it’s exciting news for an excellent school.

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HSE confirms improvement in water quality at St. Brendan’s Nursing Unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has confirmed that the water quality at St Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Loughrea has shown improvement.

It’s after 21 beds were closed at the facility last April after Legionella bacteria was detected in the water.

The entire water system at St Brendan’s has been flushed with chlorine dioxine and the HSE has confirmed that the first test results since the treatment have shown an improvement in the water quality.

If this rate of improvement continues, it’s expected the beds will reopen in the Spring.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says while it is welcome progress, the unit is not yet out of the woods – to hear more tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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