Galway Bay fm newsroom – The men behind plans for a new restaurant in Eyre Square have appealed the development to An Bord Pleanála.
Doug Leddin and Ciaran O Malley were granted approval for the restaurant at 9 Eyre Square subject to 13 planning conditions, but were refused permission for the takeaway element of the plans.
They have now lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the refusal for the takeaway.
The building at 9 Eyre Square has been vacant for more than 3 years.
Doug Leddin and Ciaran O’ Malley now have approval for a restaurant at the premises but not a takeaway.
They have appealed the refusal of the takeaway to An Bord Pleanála.
They argue that the retail unit at ground floor level is not an attractive space for potential retailers due to its small size.
As a result, they feel it would be an ideal space for a Mexican food takeaway, which would not need a full-size kitchen and therefore would fit into the space.
The applicants state that without the takeaway element, the restaurant would not be viable at the Eyre Square location.
Exhibition launched at University of Galway on legacy of Tomás Ó Máille
GBFM Newsroom – Minister Jack Chambers has officially launched a major exhibition at the University of Galway celebrating the legacy of Tomás Ó Máille, the first professor of Irish in the college.
Originally from Joyce Country, Tomás Ó Máille was appointed professor in 1909 and held that position until his untimely death in 1938.
Through images and audio-visual recordings, the Professor’s remarkable achievements as a scholar, writer, linguist, lecturer, newspaper editor, collector, and activist are showcased.
The exhibition will run for three months at the Hardiman Building,with plans being finalised to tour in the west of Ireland and overseas.
Minister praises young Gaelgeoirs as he opens Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Gaelgeoirs have been praised during the official opening of the new Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra.
A red ribbon was cut today by Junior Minister Jack Chambers at Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh to officially open the centre.
It will provide pre-school and after-school facilities, along with supporting the implementation of an Irish language plan for the Knocknacarra and Barna areas.
The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs was particularly taken with the young Gaelgeoirs he met at the school
HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre
GBFM Newsroom – The HSE are defending the decision to place the Loughrea Day Centre services in the Loughrea Hotel for three days.
There has been backlash from some of the community, since it was announced the hotel would host the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
[In a statement, the HSE confirmed they had to move the Seven Springs area in St Brendan’s due to a HIQA re-registration condition.
St. Brendan’s CNU required additional circulatory space for residents, meaning the space needed to be re-purposed.
The HSE agreed the Loughrea Hotel would be a satisfactory interim solution, and had sought to reconfigure the CNU to provide a permanent day service within the centre.
However HSE Estate advised this was not a feasible option due to the topography of the site, loss of bedroom space and construction challenges within the building.]