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Council restarts engagement with landowners on Connemara Greenway

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Galway County Council has recommenced the process of talking to all landowners impacted by the proposed Connemara Greenway project.

20 landowners have been revisited so far with the intention of visiting all over the coming months.

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An Bord Pleanala gave the project the go-ahead in March subject to nine conditions following an oral hearing.

A presentation on the planned 52 kilometre stretch from Clifden to Oughterard was made at the last meeting of the local authority where members heard that certain landowners were still not satisfied with the plans.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Senior Engineer Liam Gavin says the objective is to get permissive access agreement with all landowners working with them and through the communities in the area.

Should such permissive access agreements proceed, the local authority hopes to start construction on the greenway from Clifden to Derrylea as a first phase.

Funding of 9.2 million euro will be required and an application has gone to Failte Ireland.

It’s hoped a response will be received within the next four to five months.

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European Commission confirms daily fines against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm will cease

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The European Commission has confirmed that daily fines being applied against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm in South Galway will cease.

The State has reached agreement with the European Commission to cease fines of 15 thousand euro a day relating to the ESB-owned wind farm

The sanctions were imposed as a result of Ireland’s failure to ensure environmental standards were upheld at the facility on the Slieve Aughty mountains.

The State has, over the years, paid more than €17 million to the commission, due to the breaches.

The final sum due to be paid is €1,245,000.

Operations at Derrybrien ended this time last year, after An Bord Pleanála refused an application for substitute consent at the site.

This meant the project was considered an unauthorised development.

The company subsequently announced that it would decommission the site.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Dept of Housing says the exact details in relation to decommissioning and site restoration are a matter for Galway County Council and the owner

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Galway’s CONNOLLY favourite for Ireland’s Eurovision song choice with decision due tonight

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 19 year old Connemara artist CONNOLLY is the favourite heading into tonight’s Late Late show vote for Eurovision song.

Six songs are taking part in the Eurosong vote on RTÉ One from 9:35PM, all vying to become Ireland’s entry for the 2023 competition being held in Liverpool this May.

The latest betting odds are placing Lettermullen singer, Jennifer Connolly and her song Midnight Summer Night 11/8 favourite ahead of Wild Youth on 5/2.

The winner will be chosen after the public vote is added to the scores from both a national jury and an international jury.

Jennifer told Galway Bay FM’s breakfast show Mollie in the Morning how she came to be among the six acts:

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Senator claims barriers to Galway Ring Road will cause huge implications for other infrastructure projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local senator Ollie Crowe is claiming that the barriers facing the Galway Ring Road will result in huge implications for other infrastructure projects.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Fianna Fáil Senator is slamming the current road network in Galway as “not fit for purpose” and says the ring road is a “substantial piece of the jigsaw” to fix that.

Senator Crowe outlines how he believes the Climate Action Plan will cause more problems down the line:

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