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Discussions take place in Connemara on draft of five year strategy for social and economic development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A five year draft strategy for improving the west Connemara Gaeltacht in economic and social terms has been discussed by community representatives this weekend.
The strategy has been prepared under the umbrella of Údarás na Gaeltachta and a Marine Industries Park in Cill Chiaráin is the main focus of the document.

How to rescue one of Ireland’s strongest Gaeltachts from the grip of long term unemployment is a huge issue facing the body charged with that task.
A new strategy for the coming years has now been prepared under the direction of Údarás na Gaeltacht for the Cill Chiaráin, Carna and west Connemara Gaeltacht areas from Camus westwards.
The figures are startling with a 34% jobless rate in parts.
A strong emphasis was placed on the need for top class roads from Galway city to west Connemara as well aa high standard broadband and other services by community representatives who discussed the strategy this weekend.
Páirc na Mara – the Marine Industries Park – is a keystone objective as regards a solid bulk of long term jobs.
Udarás na Gaeltachta needs millions for that but they also face possible planning hurdles.
Permission for two offices on the Park site has already been challenged by anti salmon farming groups and a Bord Pleanála decision is expected this Monday.
This will be watched closely at Údarás headquarters.

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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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