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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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NUIG marks week of global action on climate change with free lecture series

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway is participating in the global action on climate change with a free lecture series on climate justice.

Climate justice looks at global warming as an ethical and political issue.

The public lecture series aims to hold governments to account for their failure in meeting legal obligation on climate change.

The first lecture of the series will focus specifically on who should take responsibilty for climate justice.

It will be opened by NUI Galway’s President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and will feature talks from a number of prominent activists.

The event – which is running alongside key global events such as the Climate Action Summit in New York – will take place tomorrow evening at 6 at the Aula Maxima.

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Three months of delays expected on N84

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists travelling on the N84 Galway to Headford road are being warned to expect traffic delays due to road works beginning tomorrow, Monday.

The works will take place from Ballindooley to Corandulla Cross and between Shrule and Headford over the next 12 weeks.

A telecoms company in conjunction with a national gas provider has applied to Transport Infrastructure Ireland for a road opening licence between Ballindooley Cross and Headford.

It’s to facilitate works to run broadband cabling in the verge along the N84 – connecting into a substation in the Ballindooley area.

The initial phase of the project between the Ballindooley Cross and the Corandulla Barracks is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.

Work between Ballindooley and Clonboo will be carried out from 9.30am and 4.30pm while from Clonboo north working hours are 9am to 5pm.

Independent county councillor James Charity says the restricted working hour should be extended as far as the Corandulla Barracks.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Proposal for major development at Hynes building refused

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal for a major redevelopment at the Hynes building at St. Augustine Street has been turned down by city planners.

The application was led by O’Malley Group (Homes and Developments) Ltd.

The development would have involved a three to seven storey building

It would have seen the demolition of the existing building in the northeast corner of the site known as St. Clare Walk Building and the construction of a new 7-storey building with a new junior library and office reception at ground floor and office use to all upper floors.

An additional three floors would have been built over part of the Hynes building for office use.

There would also have been a single storey extension to the existing library at ground floor of the Hynes building on Augustine Street.

In turning down the proposal, planners state it would represent an over-development of the site and would be contrary to the maximum permitted plot ratio standard.

It’s also stated that the design and visual appearance of the proposed building is considered to provide an overbearing expression onto the streetscape.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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