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Extra time granted to build Ballinasloe neighbourhood centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Extra time has been granted to build a neighbourhood centre in Ballinasloe.
Permission for the development at Canal Road and Sli na Abhainn in the townlands of Dunlo and Pollboy was due to expire later this year.
Planned works include three mixed use blocks to contain apartments, a creche, a restaurant, coffee shop and retail units.
Peter Melville sought to extend the period of planning permission previously approved in 2009 as it was due to expire in November this year.
He stated work had not yet commenced due to the economic downturn and lack of available finance.
An extention of permission has now been granted by county planners subject to one condition concerning the developer’s bond.
Permission will now cease in July 2019.

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Calls for full counter service to resume at City and County Halls

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for full counter service to resume at both Galway City and County Hall.

City Councillor Alan Cheevers says it’s time for both Local Authorities to develop a plan for the full resumption of services for residents in the City and County.

The Fianna Fáil Councillor says he has received a number of calls from people who are struggling to pay bills online.

He argues it’s particularly an issue for older people and those who are less tech savvy

Currently both the City and County Council are running reduced counter services and appointment only services due to the ongoing pandemic.

Councillor Cheevers says he feels more can be done given the high levels of vaccination in the country – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Galway TD says Government must stop “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD says the Government must stop the “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines before they lose public trust.

It follows the fallout of an event organised by Katherine Zappone which was attended by 50 people including the Tanaiste.

The attorney-general has said outdoor parties of 200 people are allowed – but the hospitality sector and politicians point out this was not known or communicated.

Deputy Sean Canney says the mixed messaging going on is unacceptable and a degree of common sense is what’s needed.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan, he said the Government needs to give a single, unified message to the public.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Ryanair investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding 8 new routes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ryanair is investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding eight new routes there.

It’s part of the airline’s recovery for the facility after the pandemic.

The majority of the new services will run in the winter, and will include flights to Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest and Birmingham in England.

The airline is now calling on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Aviation Taskforce, which includes a new National Aviation Policy.

The Shannon Group has welcomed the investment, and committment, saying it’s an important step on the road to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryanair also says its pre-pandemic service hasn’t returned at Cork Airport due to a lack of incentives.

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