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Derelict building levy could be imposed on former city hotel next year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The former Corrib Great Southern hotel on the outskirts of the city is being evaluated and is currently on the register of derelict buildings.
Chief Executive of the city council, Brendan McGrath updated councillors at a meeting of the local authority last evening, after strong criticism of the state of the building.
Councillor Ollie Crowe said that 14 fire fighters were called to the building at Dublin Road twice last week to deal with fires, which he suspects were deliberately set.
The Fianna Fáil councillor criticised what he described as the council’s inaction on the building and said the local authority is ‘pandering to the owners’.
The city CEO, refuted suggestions that the council is ‘pandering’ to anyone and says the former Corrib Great Southern hotel is currently being evaluated with a a view to imposing a 3 per cent derelict buildings levy from January next year.
Meanwhile, council officials updated councillors on the progress of grass-cutting around the city after criticism of the state of roundabouts and public areas.
Councillor Padraig Conneely described the condition of the city’s green areas as unwelcoming and unfriendly especially during high season.
Director of Services with the city council, Tom Connell told the meeting that grass-cutting is progressing across the city and that a landscaper for the city’s roundabouts was due to begin work last evening. (Mon)

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City Council launches new cycle parking map

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Council has launched its new cycle parking map.

The dashboard has details of the over 1,000 on-street public cycle parking spaces available in the city.

It comes as the Local Authority installed 296 new cycle parking spaces in 2020 – as well as a further 66 spaces during the first quarter of this year.

The City Council says the new map will help it to identify locations where additional cycle parking is needed.

Those wishing to access the dashboard can find it online at galwaycity.ie/cyclingmap.

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The retirement is announced of the Church Of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke has announced his retirement.

The announcement was made this morning and will take effect from the 31st of October.

Born on 12 April 1955, Bishop Patrick was educated at Sandford Park School and Salisbury and Wells Theological College; and ordained in 1979.

He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Newtownabbey and Ballywillan, and then held incumbencies at Craigs and Ballymore. He was Dean of Armagh from 2006 until 2011 and succeeded Bishop Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson as Bishop of the Tuam, Killala and Achonry in that year.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has paid tribute to Bishop Patrick calling him a “true pastor to his people” and praised his warm and welcoming personality, and his great ability to be at ease in company and to put others at ease in his presence.

Archbishop Neary also paid tribute to the support from the Bishop in making St Mary’s Cathedral available while the Cathedral of the Assumption is nearing the end of a major refurbishment.

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Latest figures show a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in Ireland as 288 are reported

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have announced that there are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

However, this is shows a significant drop compared to yesterday evening when 393 cases were reported.

That is a reduction of 105 cases in twenty four hours.

There is a slight increase in the numbers receiving treatment in hospital with 49 patients with the virus. An increase of 1 on yesterday while the number of people being treated in ICU is also up 1 to 15.

There are no figures available for Galway.

These daily case numbers may change in the future after the data is reviewed and validated.

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