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Decision to allow salmon farming company to extract water from Connemara lake facing High Court inquiry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A decision by an Bord Pleanála to allow a salmon farming company to extract water from a lake in South Connemara is facing a court inquiry.
A Judicial review into the permission granted to Bradán Beo Teo to bring water from the lake in the Lettermullen area is to take place in the High Court.

The grant of permission by an Bord Pleanála two months ago for the extraction of water from Loch an Mhuillin was seen as a breakthrough in the salmon farming industry.
Fresh water is used to fend off gill disease and generally cleanse cages at sea but finding sources has proven contentious.
Bradán Beo Teo… in which Údarás na Gaeltachta owns a substantial shareholding…was refused permission for water extraction from Loch an Mhuillin by Galway County Council early last year.
However, following a year long process, the higher planning authority gave the go ahead.
The decision is now set for the Courts.
Well-known environmental activist, Peter Sweetman, is associated with the proposed High Court review regarding the way in which the Loch an Mhuillin decision was arrived at.
Legal documents have been sent to Bradán Beo Teoranta and to Galway County Council who would have a role in the Court proceeding as well as an Bord Pleanála.

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2 year suspension of bone density scans at Portiuncula Hospital described as “crazy situation”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Denis Naughten says it’s “crazy” that bone density scans have been suspended at Portiuncula Hospital for over two years.

Deputy Naughten expects the service to return next month, when the broken scanner is due to be replaced.

Almost 1,000 people are on the waiting list for a bone density scan at the hospital, with just 90 referred to other hospitals.

Of those awaiting a scan, 658 people have been waiting more than 18 months – and Deputy Naughten describes the implications this is having:

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Demand for action after sewage flows down busy street in Gort

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – There’s a renewed call for immediate action on “revolting” and long-running sewage issues in Gort town.

It’s after last night, sewage from a manhole was flowing down the street opposite SuperValu in the town.

Councillor Joe Byrne says there’s been a persistent and disgusting odour in the town over the past 12 months, and some residents are unable to even open windows.

He argues Irish Water have failed to take action during that time – and have not engaged with local representatives.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Byrne thinks the latest incident is the straw that’s broken the camel’s back.

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Concerns about new sheep scheme and prices to be heard at IFA meeting in Tuam

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – Farmers in Galway are being encouraged to attend tonights IFA sheep meeting in Tuam.

Prices and the new sheep improvement scheme are the main topics up for discussion.

The meeting will take place at the Ard Rí House Hotel from 8 tonight.

Speaking to Galway Talks, IFA’s Stephen Canavan, outlines their concerns:

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