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County Council decision to refuse Oranmore apartments appealed to An Bord Pleanala

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county council’s decision to refuse permission for an eight-apartment block in Oranmore has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
The application led by Shane Curley was turned down due to the limited size of the site and a lack of satisfactory onsite car parking.
The project at the site of The Elmtree clinic would see the demolition of an existing single storey office building and the construction of eight apartments.
In the appeal, the applicant argues the decision to refuse permission had little or no regard to national planning policy governing higher density residential and apartment development.
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274 new cases of COVID-19 nationally, no new deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,792 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday, 18 September, the HPSC has been notified of 274 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 32,538* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 142 are men / 129 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • 52% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 52 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 166 in Dublin, 21 in Cork, 19 in Donegal, 7 in Kildare, 7 in Offaly, 6 in Waterford, 6 in Wicklow, 5 in Louth, 5 in Limerick and 5 in Meath and the remaining 27 cases are located across 12 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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Charity secures accommodation for 43 people from Galway Direct Provision centres since March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The homeless charity Depaul has secured move on accommodation for 43 people who were living in Galway’s direct provision centres since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They include 9 families who were previously living in the Eglington and Great Western direct provision centres in the city.

Nationally, since March, the charity has helped 140 adults, 116 children and 55 families to move on from centres in seven counties.

According to Depaul, there were almost 5,500 people residing in 44 accommodation centres across Ireland at the end of August.

Of those, 810 people had legal status to remain in Ireland.

Director of Services with Depaul, Dermot Murphy, says their work is about helping people with the process of starting their new lives…

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Three former Galway Garda stations fetch €800k at auction

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three former Garda stations in Connemara and North Galway have sold for a combined total of almost €800 thousand – over four times their advised minimum value.

The properties in Maam, Leenane and Corrandulla went under the hammer at a digital auction hosted by O’ Donnellan and Joyce auctioneers.

The highest price paid was for a former Garda Station at Leenane – which had an advised minimum value of €70k but sold for €325k following interest from several dozen bidders.

Meanwhile, the former Department of Social Protection office in Portumna also sold for €95k.

To hear full details on the sale of the former Garda Stations in Leenane, Maam and Corrandulla, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

Photo Credit – O’ Donnellan & Joyce

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