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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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University of Galway event to give students insight into career in healthcare

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An event will be held at University of Galway in April to give students an insight into a career in healthcare.

The interactive programme for transition year students will take place on Saturday April 1st, and again on Saturday, April 22nd.

They’ll see advanced simulations of real-life medical procedures and scenarios.

Registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 24th.

Professor of Simulation, Dr. Dara Byrne, explains what students can expect to see.

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Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.

Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.

He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.

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Inland Fisheries Ireland recruiting new Seasonal Fisheries Officers in Galway

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland is recruiting 36 Seaonal Fisheries Officers in Galway and nationwide.

The six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering fifteen counties including Galway.

Seasonal Fisheries Officers from Galway will join teams over the summer months – to help protect, conserve and develop fisheries resources in Ireland’s lakes, rivers and coastlines.

Those interested in applying must apply before the deadline of Tuesday 21st of February on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website.

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