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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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Higher planning authority to consider proposal for over 100 residential units at Roscam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision next month on a plan to build over 100 residential units in Roscam in the east of the city.

The application is led by Alber Developments Ltd. with the development to be located at lands to the south of Rosshill Road.

The stragegic infrastructure project sets out to deliver 35 apartments, 67 houses and a childcare facility.

The higher planning board is due to make its decision in April

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Taoiseach to visit vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheál Martin will this afternoon visit the vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse.

He’ll take a tour of the Ballybrit facility and get an update on the vaccination programme for healthcare workers currently underway.

The Taoiseach is expected to arrive at half past four.

His visit comes amid ongoing controversy over shortfalls in vaccines and the HSE’s failure to meet vaccination targets last week.

AstraZeneca has promised the HSE to make up for failing to meet two scheduled deliveries in full.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says they’re administering vaccines as quickly as possible and he expects deliveries to become more reliable over time – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Continued drop in new car sales across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a continued year-on-year drop in new car sales across Galway.

In February 2020 – just weeks before lockdown began – there were 1,795 new cars registered across the county.

Last month, the figure finished at 1,593 – that’s a drop of 11 percent year-on-year.

However, it’s an improvement on the drop of 22 percent recorded in Galway during January.

Nationally, figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show new car registrations were up 7 percent last month compared to the same time last year.

The biggest drop last month was recorded in Co. Leitrim, where new car sales fell by almost 17 percent year-on-year.

While in Longford, it went entirely the opposite direction – with the number of new car registrations rising significantly by 20 percent.

SIMI Director General Brian Cooke says the industry has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to operate in a safe manner throughout the ongoing pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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