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Environmental campaigners to lodge appeal against planning permission for new Galway Hospice building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An environmental group is set to lodge an appeal against the decision to grant planning permission for a new Galway Hospice facility at Merlin Park.
The Friends of Merlin Woods group says it fully supports the building of a new hospice – but claims the site that has been approved is just not suitable.
They say the proposed site is an immensely popular local amenity – and the wildlife-rich meadowland will be badly affected by development.
They say there are dozens of acres of land at Merlin Park on which the proposed new hospice could have been built without impacting on the environment.
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 11…

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Local TD urges Government to support smaller hospitals as patients are left waiting on trolleys

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A local TD is calling on the Government to lend more support to smaller hospitals as patients are left waiting on trolleys.

New figures released today show the trolley numbers as a percentage of the total bed capacity in each hospital.

While larger hospitals have more patients waiting on a bed, smaller hospitals have more patients on trolleys compared to the capacity of the hospital.

Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Denis Naughten, wants more resources for small hospitals:

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Plans for ‘habitable treehouse’ overlooking Killary Fjord in Connemara

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Plans have been lodged for a ‘habitable treehouse’ overlooking Killary Fjord in Connemara.

The commercial treehouse would be located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.

The proposed treehouse is billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would accommodate up to four people.

It would be placed on poles planted in the ground, as the surrounding woodland is of limited height and unable to carry a house of the size planned.

It’d be designed to blend into the environment and be essentially invisible from the fjord while maintaining a view.

The application acknowledges the design has to be eco-conscious in construction and sustainable in operation.

It adds the treehouse should provide comfortable spaces to spend time – but the idea is to offer the guests the possibility to stay outside as much as possible.

County planners are due to make a decision in February.

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N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar reopens following fatal road traffic collision

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar has reopened following a fatal road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 at approximately 12.45 pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road has since reopened and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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