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€200m Crown Square plans revised

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An artist's impression of the proposed new development at Crown Square.

Revised plans have been drawn up for the hotel element of the proposed €200 million scheme to restart work on the Crown Square site in Mervue.

The design changes were made after the City Council raised concerns that the 175-bed hotel should “enhance the interaction with the public realm” and differ in style from the five office blocks.

Last November, Padraic Rhatigan of Crown Square Developments Ltd, applied to the Council for permission for the first phase of his plans for the 12.6-acre site, which includes the office blocks and hotel with conference facilities. The office element alone would cater for a total workforce of 3,150 people.

Phase 2 of the plans will involve 286 ‘build to rent’ apartments; gym; medical centre and pharmacy; café and local convenience store and that application will be made directly to An Bord Pleanála under Strategic Housing Development ‘fast-tracking’ legislation.

However, Phase 1 hit a stumbling block when city planners said the development would not comply with current fire safety requirements “in particular with regards to means of escape; atrium voids protection; carpark fire protection and access for appliances”.

In January, Mr Rhatigan was told to address the issues and liaise with Galway Fire and Rescue Service before submitting a response.

The developer was also been told to liaise with the Council’s Transport Department and warned that modifications may be required in the site “to enhance the potential for sustainable transport measures including public transport facilities”.

The Council required “detailing of likely levels of employment occupancy and if feasible, schedule of work patterns” to help with its assessment.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
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