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County planners have refused a proposal to demolish the former Cloonbinia House Hotel in Moycullen and construct a nursing home.
The building operated as a hotel 1989 until 2005 and later became a hostel for asylum seekers until 2008.
The building first operated as a hotel or guesthouse until 1984 and later operated as a nursing home from 1984 until 1988.
It then reopened as a hotel in 1989 and later as a hostel for asylum seekers from 2005 until 2008.
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Ballinasloe Councillor welcomes additional resources to tackle widespread illegal dumping
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Independent Councillor for Ballinasloe Evelyn Parsons has welcomed the confirmation that two additional litter enforcement officers are being resourced by Galway county council to tackle illegal dumping in the area.
It was also confirmed to Councillor Parsons that the bills office are currently progressing legislation for CCTV use that will help identify and prosecute offenders.
“I had it confirmed last week that two additional litter enforcement officers are being resourced with the Council as well as the fact that waste presentation order will be instigated. A new geo mapping initiative will be another huge step forward in identifying non compliant individuals in this war on waste” said Cllr Parsons
“People need to urgently take personal responsibility for how their rubbish gets managed and confirmed that the Bills office are progressing appropriate legislation for CCTV use which will be another important tool to help identify and prosecute offenders” She concluded.
NUI Galway researchers caution over retrofitting and radon
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Ireland’s residential retrofitting programme should ensure ventilation is carefully considered to avoid an increase in levels of radon gas in homes, researchers at NUI Galway have found.
A team from the University’s School of Physics conducted one of the first studies of its kind to quantify the impact of improved energy-efficiency and airtightness on radon – a radioactive, odourless, colourless and tasteless gas.
With the Government having set a target of 500,000 homes to be retrofitted by 2030, the physicists used advanced computer models to predict how radon levels would be affected by improvements within different types of dwellings.
Overall, it showed that if appropriate ventilation measures were not considered during the retrofitting process, there is a potential for radon levels to more than double.
However, the study also showed that when appropriate ventilation measures were implemented during the retrofit process, radon levels could be reduced below the initial levels.
The study was carried out by Dr James McGrath and led by Dr Miriam Byrne, both of NUI Galway, as part of research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It has been published in the international journal, Building and Environment, a leading research journal in the field.
Dr McGrath, of the School of Physics, NUI Galway, said: “It is important that in our drive to make our buildings more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that we do not introduce additional risks of negative outcomes.
“The research findings highlight that radon, and indoor air quality overall, needs to be given due consideration as a key element of any proposed retrofitting works.”
Ireland has a higher radon level than the global average. The gas is a known carcinogen. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Ireland and is linked to approximately 300 lung cancer cases every year.
The NUI Galway study examined a combination of different houses – bungalow, semi-detached and terraced dwellings; outdoor locations – suburban, rural and coastal regions; dwelling ages; and various ventilation measures.
It also examined how airflow is altered through retrofitting and energy efficiency improvements like increased wall and attic insulation, new windows and doors and draught prevention.
Dr McGrath added: “The results have important policy implications, highlighting that radon needs to be given appropriate consideration during the retrofit process. It is essential that people realise radon is only a problem if ignored. Radon remediation methods are often straightforward and inexpensive with the potential to significantly reduce levels of what is a potentially dangerous gas.”
The NUI Galway research team also noted that the only way to ensure that a home does not exceed the reference level after energy improvements is to carry out a radon test.
Public are reminded that the deadline for submissions on the Galway to Athlone Cycleway is tomorrow
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The public have been reminded that the deadline for all general submissions on the routes for the Galway to Athlone Cycleway is tomorrow, March 1st.
The proposed Cycleway will eventually create a dedicated 270km route from Dublin to Galway city with both the North Green Route Number 1 and the Central Blue Route Number 3 joining to give a clear route from Galway City to Athlone.
Farmers and landowners in the public consultation areas can engage at any time with the project team.
In a statement to Minister Eamonn Ryan in the Seanad, Roscommon-Galway Senator Aisling Dolan said it was urgent that it happened as soon as possible.
Those who want to contact the project team can email firstname.lastname@example.org, ring (091) 509267 or go to the website and fill out the online form.