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Education Minister applies for permission for new Claregalway schools buildings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The secondary school in Claregalway is hoping to expand further.
The Minister for Education has applied for planning permission for a new two-storey extension to the existing Coláiste Baile Chláir building.
The application also seeks permission for a new Claregalway Educate Together National School.
The extension to Coláiste Baile Chláir would provide for 2 special needs classrooms and a sports hall with pupil and staff facilities.
The application by the Education Minister also seeks permission for a new Educate Together National School.
This would consist of a new two-storey, 16 classroom primary school with 2 special needs classrooms and a general purpose hall.
There would also be 32 new car parking spaces for the primary school and 24 additional spaces for the post-primary school.
A decision is expected from the county council in September. (6/9)
Meanwhile, earlier this month, the county council granted planning permission for a new temporary pre-fab for classrooms at Coláiste Baile Chláir.
One condition of allowing the prefab accommodation is that it must be removed when the permanent expansion of the school takes place.

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HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre

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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.]

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Appeal lodged over refusal of Ballinasloe housing development (News 4)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala over the refusal of a minor housing development in Ballinasloe.

The developer had applied to build six homes on an infill residential site in the existing Cuil Na Canalacht estate.

But county planners rejected the plan, finding it would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainability development of the area.

An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due in January.

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Local TD says EU threatening Ireland with legal action over turf cutting is a “step in the wrong direction”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice says the EU threatening Ireland with legal action over turf cutting is a “step in the wrong direction”

The European Commission said unless action is taken to half the cutting of peat within Special Areas of Conservation, the state could be brought before the European Court of Justice.

It noted Ireland’s efforts so far but said the enforcement of bans appears to have stalled.

Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice says threatening legal action sours relations between the two parties:

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