Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been confirmed that a desalination machine has been earmarked for Connemara for the purpose of providing fresh water for the salmon farming industry.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara says the machine will be sited at Killary fjord on the borderline between Connemara and west Mayo.
The machine was brought into Dublin Port in recent days and will be relocated to Killary in the coming weeks.
Desalination involves extracting the salt from seawater. This process is used in parts of the world where fresh water is scarce.
A smaller desalination plant has now been hired in by Bord Iascaigh Mhara from a company in Norway to provide fresh water for the salmon farming industry.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara is the State support organisation for fishing and marine industries.
Bathing salmon with fresh water in sea based cages is seen as the best means of preventing certain diseases and sea lice infestation.
The desalination plant has arrived in Dublin and will be located on private property alongside Killary fjord at the northern edge of Connemara.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara says it will be there for three months and it has the capacity to pump through thousands of litres of fresh water per day.
The desalinated water will then be available for salmon farming concerns and will be removed to the cages by what are known as well boats.
Máirtín Ó Catháin for Galway Bay FM in Connemara.
Draft Tuam Local Area Plan now on public display
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The draft Local Area Plan for Tuam is now on public display, with documents also available on the county council website.
The 2023-2029 plan can be inspected, and submissions can be made by members of the public until 4PM on March 23rd.
A number of other plans for the area are also on display, including a Local Transport Plan and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.
They are available to view at the Planning Counter at County Hall, Tuam Library and Tuam Civic Offices.
University of Galway event to give students insight into career in healthcare
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An event will be held at University of Galway in April to give students an insight into a career in healthcare.
The interactive programme for transition year students will take place on Saturday April 1st, and again on Saturday, April 22nd.
They’ll see advanced simulations of real-life medical procedures and scenarios.
Registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 24th.
Professor of Simulation, Dr. Dara Byrne, explains what students can expect to see.
Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.
Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.
He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.