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Council shoots down bid to keep Salthill Hotel changes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The owner of the Salthill Hotel on the Promenade has been refused planning permission to keep some changes he made to the building.

Ricky Byrne applied for permission to retain additional parking spaces, a raised terrace deck and a patio area for tables and chairs at the front of the hotel.

Permission was granted originally for a total of 292 car parking spaces at the Salthill Hotel, 42 of which were to be stacked spaces.

Ricky Byrne applied for retention permission to keep additional parking spaces at the hotel to omit the requirement for the stacked spaces.

However, planners for the Council say that leaving out these stacked spaces would be completely contrary to the development plan standards.

In refusing permission to keep the changes at the Salthill Hotel, planners state that omitting the stacked parking would likely lead to illegal and dangerous parking.

They also state that if the raised deck area is kept it would give rise to undue overlooking of the adjoining apartment block and private amenity area.

Finally, planners state that the terraced outdoor seating area would depreciate the value of residential properties by being a nuisance.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are continuing to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort.

Due to the depletion of water in the reservoir, there will be an outage until approximately 8 tonight to allow levels to recover.

Galway County Council working in partnership with Irish Water say there may be further outages overnight, but every effort will be made to restore supply to all areas as soon as possible.

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Step forward in redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in the redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub, with the opening of the tender process.

The Department of Transport and URDF funded plan aims to transform the station area as integrated public transport hub.

Speaking as the tender process was announced Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ease of transfer between rail and bus at the upgraded train station will support the compact and sustainable growth of the city.

Subject to the tender process and funding approvals, Iarnród Éireann envisages awarding the main construction contract by mid-2023, with a construction phase of 30 months.

The work will include a new entrance and facade, new customer facilities, enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services and a new roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright spaces.

Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said this investment, along with progress in delivering BusConnects Galway, will provide more options on how people can travel to,from and around the city and county.

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Clár na gComhlachtaí launched at Connemara school by Junior Gaeltacht Minister

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today saw the official launch of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the Student Enterprise Programme, provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

The hands-on business learning experience was launched in in Coláiste Cholmcille in the Connemara Gaeltacht today by Minister for State for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers

Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages budding entrepreneurs in Transition Year in the Gaeltacht areas of Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford to develop their own mini-enterprises and compete in a national final.

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