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County Council seeking land across Galway to develop burial grounds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Council is seeking expressions of interest for land which may be used as burial grounds across Galway.

Landowners are currently being sought in the areas of Indreabhán, Leitir Mealláin, Annaghdown and Claregalway.

Galway County Council has been working to identify suitable sites for burial grounds in these areas for a number of years.

In Annaghdown, there are currently just two single plots available in the burial ground – with a number of site examinations in recent years proving unsuccessful

In Claregalway, there are 12 plots remaining at the current burial ground.

Two sites were identified and examined in detail in recent months – but were utlimately deemed unsuitable at advanced stages of the assessment process.

One was ruled out due to the presence of rock at shallow depths, while another was deemed unsuitable due to the need for substanial road realignment works and third party land acquisitions.

In Indreabhán, there are no plots remaining, with a recent inspection in November finding a proposed new site isn’t viable.

The County Council says suitable land for development has been identified adjacent to the existing burial ground, but the current landowner appears to be unwilling to sell this land, with discussions ongoing.

In Lettermullen, Cuigeal Burial Ground is closed, while 30 plots remain at Seanbhaile Burial Ground.

The local authority says all sites identified and visited by engineers to date have been found to be unsuitable.

The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is February 19th.

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City Council to publish all Part 8 planning applications online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to publish all Part 8 planning applications online.

Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly proposed uploading the documents to the Local Authority’s online planning system, where they could be publicly viewed – at this week’s meeting.

The City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath advised Councillor Connolly that it would be more appropriate to upload the documents to the City Council’s general website as the planning section was not designed to host Part 8 documents.

Meanwhile, Director of Services for Planning Ruth McNally advised the meeting that a new portal is being set up where the files can also be uploaded.

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File sent to DPP over Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have sent a file to the DPP in relation to the investigation surrounding the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, which was held in Connemara last summer.

81 people, including politicians and members of the judiciary attended the event in Clifden in August, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Golfgate was followed by the resignation of Phil Hogan as EU Trade Commissioner and the resignation of former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary.

A number of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael senators also lost the party whip as a result.

Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe was also in attendance, but a report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found it would be unjust to seek his resignation.

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Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’

The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.

Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.

She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.

The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….

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