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Council extends permission to redevelop former Taaffes building in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to extend permission previously granted for the development of a well known protected structure at William Street in the city centre have been given the go-ahead.
Gerry Barrett sought to change the use of the existing mixed use building, which was formerly Taaffes, to retail use only.
The development at 47 William Street includes the provision of a new shop front and the removal of the internal 1970s staircase at ground level.
It would also connect at ground floor level into the existing Edward Square fire escape corridor which exits onto Castle Street.
The previous application dates back to late 2008 and proceeded through to An Bord Pleanála stage.
However due to a lack of available finance, the development did not proceed.
The application to extend permission states that the economy is now looking more positive and it’s hoped the project may proceed in the ‘medium term’.
Permission has now been extended to November 2019.
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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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