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Electricity company in talks over Galway ‘big dig’

Ciaran Tierney

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Energy company SSE Renewables has begun negotiations with residents’ groups regarding the construction of a new underground electricity grid which is set to connect Galway City with a wind farm in Connemara next year.

The plan to connect the wind farm cluster in Cloosh Valley, near Roscahill, with the city’s existing 110kV substation in Ballybrit will result in road works in areas including Moycullen, Bushypark, Menlo, and the Headford Road over the next year.

When completed, the Galway Wind Park is expected to produce enough green energy to power around 84,000 homes, which is equivalent to almost 90% of the homes in County Galway.

Representatives of SSE Renewables met with representatives of the Menlo Residents Committee in recent weeks to allay their concerns regarding road works which are expected to last for about six weeks next summer.

Site surveys have already been taking place along the route of the proposed 26km grid between Roscahill and the city centre.

“As part of its ongoing community engagement SSE Renewables met with Menlo community representatives earlier in the summer to outline planned works associated with the construction of this underground grid connection,” said a spokesman for the energy company yesterday.

“The planned underground grid connection works will commence construction in Summer 2015. We expect these works, which will be subject to a detailed traffic management plan, to be completed in around six weeks.”

The proposed grid will cross the River Corrib at a point to the south of Menlo Castle, before following the existing road to the Menlo Park Hotel and on towards Ballybrit.

Locals had expressed some concerns regarding traffic delays on a narrow roadway as well as concerns that the project might have implications for the long-term plan to link up Menlo Village with the city’s main sewerage scheme.

City Councillor Frank Fahy (FG), who lives in the area, said Menlo residents had concerns over the scale of the project and were seeking a public meeting with representatives of SSE Renewables in the coming weeks.

Read more in this week’s Connacht Sentinel

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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