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Council to discuss concerns over Ballybane housing development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors are to meet with city officials in the coming weeks to discuss a new housing development planned for Ballybane.
Councillor Declan McDonnell, who’s chairperson of the council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee, says the East Galway Residents’ Association wants to ensure the housing development is well-managed and affordable.
He’s arranged a meeting to discuss any further concerns councillors or locals may have in relation to the project.
The 50-home plan for Ballybane is one of a number of social or partially-social housing developments in the pipeline across the city.
Other plans include 70 homes off the old Monivea Road, hundreds of houses at Ardaun, 81 on the Headford Road and a further 20 homes in Renmore.
Councillor McDonnell says he’s hopeful the meeting will address and resolve many of the issues raised by local residents.

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Galway TD says Government still holding onto “chains of patriarchy” over birth tracing bill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the Government is still “holding onto the chains of patriarchy” in a debate over the Birth Information and Tracing Bill.

The bill aims to provide access to birth certs and early life information to people who were adopted, boarded out, illegally registered, as well as those who have other questions about their origins.

Contributing extensively to the debate, Deputy Catherine Connolly said the legislation is groundbreaking for many reasons but is “not quite there”.

She argued that the Government is still trying to tell people what is best for them rather than let them make up their own minds.

Deputy Connolly also took aim at the notion that “society” was to blame for the historical injustice done to women who passed through Mother and Baby Homes – to hear Deputy Connolly’s Dáil contribution, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Citylink announces new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Citylink has announced new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle.

The move will see the addition of two new early morning routes to the existing Loughrea service.

They’ll depart from Loughrea at 7.25am and 8.10am on weekdays.

There’ll also be a completely new service for Kilrickle, which will provide 8 daily departures to Galway City.

The new services will commence from Monday.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this positive development reflects the huge demand in the local area.

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Galway TD urges Government to pay heed to new report on regeneration of towns and villages

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to pay heed to a new report on the regeneration of towns and villages across the country.

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has published the report, entitled “Regional Vacancy and Dereliction Analysis”.

It outlines how almost 50 thousand residential and commercial properties are empty in the West, North-West and Border areas.

It also notes that more than 70 percent of towns and villages in the region have a residential vacancy rate above the national average.

In Galway City, there are more than 1 thousand vacant properties, of which almost 700 are commercial, while over 400 are residential.

Deputy Sean Canney says the Government must get serious about providing incentives to encourage people to purchase derelict properties.

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