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EXTENSION TO PLANNING PERMISSION FOR DOCKS DEVELOPMENT

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Galway Harbour Company have been given extra time by the City Council for developments at the Docks and at the Harbour Enterprise Park.

Planning permission was originally granted in 2008 for the demolition of the existing Centre Pier building at New Docks, which was to be replaced by a media centre for the Volvo Ocean Race at the time.

That planning expires this year, but the Harbour Company has been granted an extension of 3 years to the planning permission.

The building at Centre Pier was to become the centre for Galway Harbour’s leisure facilities, after the Volvo Ocean Race was over.

A second planning application was granted planning in 2008 for an 88 metre-long slipway and dry dock at the Harbour Enterprise Park in Renmore.

The developments did not proceed due to a lack of funding and the Harbour Company has now been granted an extension to the planning permission until 2016.

Meanwhile, a planning application for the first phase of a major expansion of Galway port is due to be submitted through the IROPI process next month. (May)

IROPI stands for the ‘imperative reasons of over-riding public interest’ and the 50 million euro expansion will accommodate major cruise liners.

The Harbour company hopes that the public and various vested interests could get involved in creating a major performance arena at the Docks, where the centre pier building is located.

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Uber taxi service launches in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin. 

The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.

The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year. 

Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.

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Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.

The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.

A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.

While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.

While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.

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Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.

The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.

A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.

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