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Dáil hears Galway City “going under” with traffic due to lack of progress on transport measures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil has heard that Galway City is a beautiful city that is “going under” with traffic due to a lack of proper transport planning.

Raising the matter, Deputy Catherine Connolly noted a range of issues and expressed frustration over an apparent lack of urgency on tackling the situation.

She raised issues including a long-running failure to introduce Park and Ride, no commitment to a study on light rail, and lack of a proper vision for cycling infrastructure.

Addressing Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton, she said during her time as a city councillor, she received enough reports to create a stack to reach the ceiling.

But she argued, still very little has been done since to improve the traffic issues.

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NUIG to host largest ever international conference

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway is set to host its largest ever international conference on Monday. .

The 11th European Solid Mechanics Conference will take place at the university from 4th-8th July.

Over 1200 delegates from around the world are expected to attend.

The economic impact of the conference to the local area is anticipated to be almost 2 million euro, with the in-person event made possible by the European Mechanics Society.

Manager at Galway Convention Bureau Niamh Stack says the conference will have many economic benefits for Galway.

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Questions raised over planning issues and lack of enforcement across Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Issues regarding the services from the planning section were again raised by Councillors at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.

Questions about the enforcement of the planning regulations and advice to potential applicants were put by a number of Councillors.

Councillor Tim Broderick stated there appeared to be a problem as regards the implementation of planning enforcement procedures. He said he had seen instances where developments had taken place even though they had been refused by the Council. How he asked could “big guns” – as he put it – get away with that.

Jim Cuddy said family members could be refused permission while others carried out unauthorised work free of sanction.

Councillor Joe Beirne called for the reinstatement of pre-planning meetings. These meetings give potential applicants a chance to discuss their plans with the planning sections in advance. Councillor Beirne said that applicants had an entitlement to such a service.

The Director of Planning Services, Michael Owens said he was assessing the pressures on the planning section and that it was not feasible to re-establish the service yet. He stated that there were over 40 applications for pre-planning meetings with the Council.

Councillor Declan Geraghty said it was unfortunate that these services were again pushed down the line.

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Galway Garden Festival underway in Claregalway Castle

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway Garden Festival is underway today at Claregalway Castle.

The event will host Irelands best rare and special plant traders, expert speakers, artisan food and craft producers and music.

The festival began at 11am and will run until 6pm today and again tomorrow with tickets available at €10 for adults with free entry for children.

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