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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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Irish Water and Galway City Council crews successfully repair major burst watermain in Galway City

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway City Council crews have successfully completed repairs to a burst watermain at the NUI Galway Campus.

The repairs were very complex due to the location of the burst on the NUIG Campus and the presence of many services over the watermain which had to be carefully excavated.

The repairs were completed at 6.30 this morning.

The watermain supplies the Clifton Hill and Tonabrucky reservoirs and affected customers in the west of the city including Knocknacarra, Barna, Moycullen and surrounding areas.

These area supplied from the Tonabruckey Reservoir may experience low pressure during the day and into the evening as reservoir levels recover.

In a statement released this morning, Irish Water said they understood the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanked customers for their patience while work was ongoing to repair the burst and as normal supply is returned to impacted customers.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact them on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

For updates you are asked to see the water supply and services section of their website.

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1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,392* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 288 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 73 are in ICU.

The five day moving average is 1,311.

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Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.

The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.

Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.

Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.

Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.

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