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Council issues warning to Loughrea business over suspected ‘unauthorised development’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has issued a warning letter to a well-known Loughrea business over suspected unauthorised development on the outskirts of the town.
The letter has been issued to Michael McInerney of McInerney’s Supervalu at the Loughrea Shopping Centre on the Athenry road.
The Council claims that work on Unit 2 of the Shopping Centre, located between the Supervalu and ALDI stores, may contravene planning permission set out for the site.
It states that construction of a stairwell and an unauthorised first floor level, would violate the site’s planning permission.
Should the County Council confirm such a breach, McInerney’s Supervalu could incur steep financial penalties.
McInerney’s has 4 weeks to make a submission to the local authority on the matter.
Concern has been rasied among the local business community that further development of the Loughrea Shopping Centre site could draw customers away from the town centre.
Local businessman Ger Dervan claims works currently underway at the unit in question may be in breach of planning permission.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.

It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.

The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.

Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.

She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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