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Final queries being dealt with at hearing on Westside hyperstore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Day three of the oral hearing on a proposed superstore at Westside in the city is dealing with final queries in respect of the plans.

The 2 storey development on the Seamus Quirke road which could involve an anchor tenant such as Tesco, also includes plans for a café and a public plaza.

The development proposed for a site adjacent to the West side business park on the Seamus Quirke road is the subject of this oral hearing which got underway on Tuesday.

City council approved the development in June with 30 conditions, but the applicant T O’Higgins is appealing a condition regarding a new access road.

Several other parties including residents, RGDATA and An Taisce are also appealing the plans.

Mary Cunningham a resident of Mount Pleasant drive today sought clarification on plans for a recycle centre and car park on the eastern boundary of the site.

She also questioned the enforcement of opening times for the recycle centre, increased traffic congestion, and plans for the trees on Mount Pleasant drive.

An Bord Pleanala Inspector Derek Daly also asked for further details on the public plaza.

Architect Joseph Doyle said in the redesign of the scheme the team did work with a traffic consultant and land architect, and that the plan was to retain the trees.

He added they had already done a road safety audit and because of the improved Seamus Quirke road anticipated between 200 and 450 pedestrian shoppers per day.

Closing submissions on the plans will be heard at the Oral hearing this afternoon which is expected to conclude today.

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Olympic Boxing Club welcomes Boxers from Ukraine for Tournament this afternoon

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A team of boxers who are based in Ukraine are in Galway for a tournament that has been organised by the Olympic Boxing Club in Galway along with Smithfield Boxing Club from Dublin.

The boxers will face a select team made up of Olympic and Smithfield boxers and some invited guests and will get underway at 2.30pm following the opening ceremony at 2.

All the visiting boxers had to make their way from the war torn country and have been involved in a camp ahead of their tournaments today in Galway and next weekend in Dublin.

The tournament has been organised by John and Mike Mongan in Olympic and Igor Kamil from Smothfield, himself a Ukrainian national.

Igor explained the background to the tournament when speaking to John Mulligan:

The Poster for the two tournaments in Galway and Dublin
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INMO warns of a catastrophic winter as UHG records third highest number on trolleys for month of September

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are warning of a catastrophic winter ahead in our hospitals following figures released on Friday that recorded 10,515 patients on trolleys in the month of September.

This is the second worst September for overcrowding in Irish hospitals when 10,641 patients were without a bed in 2019.

University Hospital Galway recorded third highest number of patients with 1032 patients on Trolleys in September.

Only Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick were higher with Limerick having the highest number in the country with 1,382.

The HSE is appealing to patients to consult a GP and consider all other options, before they attend an emergency department.

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Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy to receive the Pallium from the Primate of All-Ireland this afternoon

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The Pallium that Archbishop Duffy will recieve this afternoon.

In what is a historical first, the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy will receive the Pallium as part of a Investiture Mass that will take place in Tuam Cathedral at 3pm this afternoon.

The Pallium is a woollen liturgical vestment worn only worn by Archbishops, Cardinals and Popes and will symbolise the fact that he is the Metropolitan Bishop of Connacht.

Usually newly appointed Archbishops receive the Pallium from the Pope on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul. However, Pope Francis wants the ceremony to be at a diocesan and metropolitan celebration, so Archbishop Duffy will formally receive the Pallium from the Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin.

Present at the mass will be the bishops of the Connacht province, the priests and religious of Tuam Archdiocese and representatives from the 56 parishes of the Archdiocese.

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