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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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Status Yellow rainfall warning issued for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Galway.

The warning is in effect for 20 counties nationwide – including all of Connacht – and comes into effect for Galway at 6 this evening.

It’ll remain in place until midnight tomorrow.

Met Eireann is warning that heavy rainfall is to be expected during that time, with the potential for heavy downpours locally during shorter intervals.

It’s further advising that there is potential for flooding on already saturated or waterlogged grounds.

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Galway TD says children being failed by ‘revolving door’ of social workers at Tusla

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is claiming a ‘revolving door’ of temporary social workers at Tusla is failing children.

Figures revealed to Galway East Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte show the number of agency staff hired by Tusla as social workers has increased by 125 percent since 2016.

However, she says the number of directly employed social workers only grew by 3.8 percent in that period.

Deputy Rabbitte says children are losing out because of a recruitment and retention crisis in the Child and Family Agency.

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Apple puts Athenry data centre site on market

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tech-giant Apple has put a 500 acre site near Athenry – which had been earmarked for an €800m data centre – on the market.

Many see it as the firm finally closing the door on a long-running saga which began several years ago.

Apple first secured permission for an €850m data centre in Athenry in late 2016, but the plan was ultimately abandoned following long-running objections.

In April of this year, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by local residents against the decision to grant permission.

Apple had abandoned the project by this point, and concerns had been raised at national level about the implications of the case on future data centre projects in Ireland.

However, while local residents and politicians expressed hope that Apple may ultimately reconsider investing in Athenry, the tech firm has now put the site on the market.

According to the Sunday Times, the 500 acre plot is advertised by property agents as ‘Data Hub West’, a ready-to-go data centre development site.

It’s reported a sale brochure for the site does not disclose the price being sought, nor mention that it is owned by Apple.

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