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Developer loses attempt to omit creche from Oranmore housing plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has decided that the expansion of a housing estate at Oranhill, Oranmore must involve a new creche.
Dun Coillin Construction applied to the planning office to make elevational changes and minor alterations to floors plans at the planned housing development.
The company had also applied to remove a previous condition of planning which stipulated that a creche be provided on site or nearby.
County planners have granted permission to Dun Coillin Construction with 18 conditions attached.
One of the conditions states that a creche must be provided by the developer on site or nearby to serve the occupants of the proposed houses.
This is despite the developer applying to have that condition removed.
Another condition states that the developer must pay more than 700 thousand euro to the planning authority as part of the Development Contributions Scheme.
Planning permission for the development at Oranhill will expire in November next year.

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2,193 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Press Release: Tuesday 26 October

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2,193* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 513 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 97 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

“I am increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide. Our primary focus now must be to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19.

“We are seeing a continuing increase in hospitalisation and intensive care admissions – a substantial amount of whom are not fully vaccinated – placing our frontline healthcare services, including non-COVID care, under significant pressure.

“It is essential that we do everything we can to break the chains of transmission of the Delta variant, in the community, in the workplace and in our homes. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated, please stay at home, isolate from others and arrange a free test immediately.

“If you have not done so already, please choose to protect yourself by availing of your free COVID-19 vaccine which will significantly reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract the disease.

“The vaccine, our best defence against COVID-19, is not the only tool we have to drive down the spread of the disease. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, open windows and ensure spaces are well ventilated, wear masks on public transport, shops, indoor workplaces and crowded outdoor areas, and by keeping a safe 2m distance from others as much as possible.”

ENDS//

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Galway TD critical of “Cinderella license” to reopen nightclubs while respite services remain closed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has voiced criticism of the so-called “Cinderella Dance License” that has allowed nightclubs to reopen while many essential respite services remain closed.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil discussion on the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and roadmap for the future.

She expressed frustration that it’s apparently safe to dance in a busy nightclub after midnight yet it’s not safe to open essential respite services in Galway.

Deputy Connolly indicated it’s neither fair nor logical – and the Government must do better.

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Diocese of Galway prayer service to call for action on climate change and biodiversity crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Diocese of Galway is to host a prayer service and information event this week to call for action in the face of climate change and the biodiversity crisis.

It’s being held on Thursday at 7:30pm in Galway Cathedral to coincide with the start of COP26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.

The diocesan Laudato Si’ launch event is being led by Bishop Brendan Kelly with a special address by Jane Mellett of Trocaire.

Jane Mellett told Galway Bay fm news aims to provide space to reflect on what’s happening to our common home -she says we need to listen to the cry of the Earth and take action:

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