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Controversial Ballyglunin telecommunications mast approved despite strong opposition by local people

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A controversial phone mast planned for Ballyglunin has been approved by the higher planning authority.
Shared Access Limited has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanála for the 30-metre high, multi-user free standing structure, which will form part of Vodafone’s network.
This is despite concerns expressed by parents and staff of Annagh Hill National School.
The equipment is part of Vodafone’s 3G and 4G network.
Locals at Annagh Hill have been opposed to the telecommunications equipment and erected signs and posters in the area against the planned mast.
They argued in an appeal to An Bord Pleanála that the local community was not consulted about the planned equipment.
They are also concerned about the health implications of its proximity to the national school at Annagh Hill.
Despite these concerns, An Bord Pleanála has decided to uphold the decision of the county council stating that it would not have an adverse impact on the area.
The board attached 6 conditions to the telecommunications structure at Annagh Hill.
One condition stipulates that the transmitter power output, antenna type and mount must be in accordance with the details provided in the application.

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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