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Decision due in April on major Tuam housing development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanala is set to decide in April on whether to allow a major new housing development in Tuam town.
The higher planning authority is considering an application for 124 new homes, despite stating during pre-application consultation that there is ‘no reasonable basis for a full application.
Under new legislation, developers who plan to build 100 houses or more can apply directly to the higher planning authority, rather than going through the local authority.
Arlum Ltd has submitted plans for 124 homes and associated landscaping and site works at Ballygaddy Road.
The development would also include over 250 parking spaces.
An Bord Pleanala is accepting submissions or observations on the plans until the 5th of February.
If approved, the developer will have to pay a bond of over 800 thousand euro, 7,000 per house.
The application is due to be decided on by ABP by the end of April.

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FYI Dáil hears of significant gaps in youth mental health services in Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Dáil has heard of significant gaps in youth mental health services being offered in Galway.

Contributing to a debate on services nationwide, Deputy Mairead Farrell said the lack of out-of-hours services is a particular local concern.

She cited a recent survey conducted among young people across the county, many of whom have directly accessed services.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell also pointed out that Galway has the highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with youth mental health service Jigsaw.

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Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads

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From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020

That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.

There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.

Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.

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Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.

He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.

Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.

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