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Desalination machine to be installed in Connemara to serve salmon farming industry

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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.

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1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,392* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 288 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 73 are in ICU.

The five day moving average is 1,311.

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Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.

The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.

Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.

Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.

Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.

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Approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has granted approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue.

The development is led by crown Square Developments Ltd and would be located at Monivea Road and Joyces Road.

The development consists of several blocks of varying heights – the tallest buildings will have ten floors and stand 30 metres above ground level at Monivea Road.

The project includes 240 two-bed units, 86 single-bed units, and 19 three-bed units.

Also in the plans is a commercial scheme which will feature retail and pharmacy units, a fitness and leisure centre, a primary care medical centre and a creche.

Access and parking arrangements for the proposed housing would be integrated with the office and hotel development authorised on the western part of the site, which’ll also have parking space for 1,200 bicycles.

An Bord Pleanála has now approved the plans with 19 conditions attached.

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