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Court approves alcohol licence for new Tuam supermarket



A new discount supermarket planned for Tuam has been granted a licence to sell alcohol – construction of the new premises will commence in early January.

Tuam Court granted an off-licence to the new Lidl store that is opening on the Galway Road. It will be located to the rear of the existing discount supermarket but will be much larger in size.

An application came before Tuam Court for a licence for the new outlet and it was stated that it had recently been granted full planning permission.

Architect Frank Kenny, for Lidl, told Barrister Constance Cassidy that the existing store would remain in place until the new one was built. The old store would then be demolished.

He explained that the new store would be much bigger, have wider aisles, have an enlarged ‘offers’ area and bakery as well as allowing for increased deliveries. The off-licence will also be increased in size compared to the existing facility.

The architect also informed the court that it was hoped to commence construction of the new discount store early in January.

The existing store has been in operation since 2004, it was stated, and Judge Marie Keane granted the application for the liquor licence for the new outlet.

Recently An Bord Pleanala gave the go-ahead for the demolition of the existing Lidl discount foodstore and the development of a new single-storey supermarket and off-licence, measuring almost 2,500 square metres on a four acre site.

The new store will be accessed through a proposed upgraded shared access with the adjacent Steeltech Shed along with a filling station, forecourt and ‘drive thru’ facility.

The Planning Appeals Board ruled that the new discount foodstore wold not adversely affect the vitality and viability of the Tuam town centre and was, therefore, in accordance with proper planning and development of the area.

Lidl stated, in response to the opposition to the new store, that it provides valuable employment in Tuam and also point out that the Draft Local Area Plan for Tuam identifies a 22% vacancy in the town which is mainly isolated to one development with a number of small units.

The decision to grant planning permission for a new larger discount supermarket in Tuam is expected to encourage other major retailers to seek located in the town.

There have been calls for the likes of Tesco and Aldi to express an interest in acquiring sites on the outskirts of Tuam as it has been said that is a big demand for them to be located there.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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