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Draft county development plan adopted

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The draft development plan for county Galway has been adopted with a small number of amendments.

A special meeting was called today at county hall to debate the plan which presents the council’s outlook for future development of the county up to 2021.

Amendments agreed this afternoon include a proposal by Councillor Dermot Connolly that the council recognize the need for measures to address the regular and repeated flooding issues that arise along the river Shannon and related tributaries.

Other aspirations now included involve the provision of land to facilitate an airport strip, a sewerage scheme for Lackagh, and a waste water treatment plant for Corofin.

The plan stipulates the hub town of Tuam as a focus for growth, and for the first time includes the administrative area of what was formerly Ballinasloe town council.

In terms of infrastructure, the Galway city outer bypass remains a priority project and there is also a specific objective to complete the Galway greenway.

Councillors unanimously adopted the draft plan and it will now go on public display for 10 weeks.

Director of services with responsibility for planning at Galway County Council, Kevin Kelly says the plan aims to achieve balanced development across the region.

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Professor Martin Hogg appointed Head of School of Law at NUI Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway has announced the appointment of the University’s new Head of the School of Law – Professor Martin Hogg.

Professor Hogg will take up the new role in November, having joined from the University of Edinburgh, where he served as Head of School and Dean of Law.

Professor Geraint Howells, Executive Dean for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to have Martin joining us. He is a leading contract law scholar and an experienced leader.

“Our Law School has an outstanding reputation for its teaching and scholarship. Martin is an ideal person to help us build on our strengths and develop new initiatives to meet the needs of our community.”

Professor Hogg said: “I’m honoured and very happy to be joining NUI Galway’s Law School as Head of School and Established Professor in November.

“The Law School is an inspiring centre of learning and research, whose students and staff are widely known for their commitment to justice and the rule of law. I’m looking forward to meeting as many of them as I can in the coming months, as well as alumni and practitioner communities.

“The whole NUI Galway community has already extended to me the warmest of Galway welcomes, for which I am very grateful.”

Professor Hogg’s research interests lie in all aspects of the law of obligations, including comparative obligations theory, contract and promise, and fundamental structural language in the law of obligations. He has published widely in this field, including Promises and Contract Law and Obligations: Law and Language with Cambridge University Press. He is the Scottish Reporter for the European Tort Law Yearbook.

Professor Hogg spent two years qualifying as a Solicitor with Dundas & Wilson CS in Edinburgh, before being appointed Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Edinburgh in 1995. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2004 and in 2013 he was appointed to a Chair in the Law of Obligations. Professor Hogg is a (non-practising) member of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish Bar).

Professor Hogg brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously held office as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Teaching, Deputy Director of Research, and Convener of the Board of Studies. He took office as Deputy Head of the Law School in Edinburgh in 2014, and became Head of School and Dean of Law in 2017.

Professor Shane Darcy, Interim Head of the School of Law, said: “On behalf of my colleagues at the School of Law, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Professor Hogg. We are very excited to have him join us as Head of the School of Law and very much look forward to working with him in this role at NUI Galway.”

NUI Galway’s School of Law delivers innovative legal education in a dynamic school dedicated to impactful, high quality legal research. It hosts the internationally renowned Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy.

The School has introduced several new programmes in recent years, including the undergraduate degrees Law (BCL), Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law (BCL) and Human Rights. It also offers a suite of postgraduate LLM programmes and is home to a vibrant doctoral community. Further information www.nuigalway.ie/law

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21 million euro paid to nine and a half thousand Galway farmers

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Just over nine and a half thousand Galway farmers are this week receiving 21 million euro in grant aid

The allocation is being made under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.

Galway based Senator Sean Kyne says this payment which represents 85% of the total payment due is an important boost to Galway farmers with contractor and other bills falling due

Senator Kyne says a number of payments are still being processed and will be paid later in the year subject to information being submitted or stocking rates achieved.

The Department of Agriculture has also confirmed that arrangements are being finalised to pay out 70% of the basic payment scheme on October 18th.

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New book exploring the history of the Galway to Clifden Railway to be launched today.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A new book exploring the history of the Galway to Clifden Railway will be launched in Connemara later today.

‘Rails Through Connemara’ is authored by historian Jonathan Beaumont, who has previously written books on the Westport to Achill Railway, as well as about life on Achillbeg

The new book will be launched at the old railway station at Maam Cross at 3 this afternoon.

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