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County Council gives go ahead for construction of 14 social houses in Roundstone

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council today gave the planning go ahead for the building of 14 social houses in the village of Roundstone in Connemara.
The part 8 planning was approved at this afternoon’s monthly meeting for 12 two-bed houses and 2 three-bed houses.
The houses will be build adjacent to the site at Fairgreen in Roundstone where existing social houses are located.
Funding for the social housing development has been granted under Rebuilding Ireland.

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Consultation process set to get underway to identify suitable location for new ambulance base in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Ambulance Service is to begin a process of consultation regarding the selection of a suitable location for an additional ambulance base in Connemara.

This will involve consultation with public representatives, GPs and the local campaign group between now and the end of October.

The Area Operations Manager of the NAS West will be responsible for identifying the location following certain criteria.

Last month, the Health Minister confirmed an investment to include funding for 11 extra staff and two extra vehicles.

The NAS has confirmed the additional services to be provided in Connemara will be resourced through the current paramedic interns who are due to graduate in December.

Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv says the matter is progressing following a long campaign…

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Green light for new fire station in Athenry to proceed to construction

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been an important step forward in plans to build a new fire station in Athenry.

Local councillors have voted in favor of a Part 8 planning application, which has cleared the way for the project to move to construction stage.

At this week’s meeting of the Athenry-Oranmore municipal district, it was confirmed that a contractor is expected to be appointed by the end of October.

The new station would be based at Ballygurran South on the southern side of Athenry, adjoining the ring road.

It’ll replace existing facilities at Clarke Street which are considered not fit for purpose.

Local councillor Gabe Cronnolly says it’s long overdue…

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Heated debate at County Hall over Athenry cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was heated debate at County Hall this week over discussion about the potential for the National Cycleway to pass through Athenry.

The National Cycleway will run from Dublin to Galway – and planners are currently evaluating five possible route options from Athlone to Galway

Of the five routes, Athenry is featured in four, meaning the odds are heavily in the towns favor for inclusion in the 270km route.

But there was heated debate at County Hall this week as Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn appeared to throw cold water over the town’s prospects.

She claimed that decision makers have ruled out Athenry as a route option, in part due to comments recently featured in the media by a local group.

She said she is “extremely upset” by the situation and warned this group needs to “wring its neck in”.

Council executives expressed confusion over the claims and said the route is under consideration and there is no public knowledge of Athenry being included or excluded.

Contributing to the discussion, Councillor Albert Dolan began by saying he had a good working relationship with his party colleague, Councillor Herterich-Quinn.

But he said it was “disgraceful” that she would make such strong comments in the chamber when no decision has been made.

Acting Cathaoirleach James Charity eventually interjected and said both councillors had had their say, and suggested any further discussion be taken outside.

When contacted by Galway Bay FM News, the Galway to Athlone Cycleway project team confirmed no decision has been made and no route has been excluded from the process at this time.

Discussions are ongoing with landowners on all five proposed routes, and they expect a preferred route to be presented before Christmas.

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