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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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The retirement is announced of the Church Of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke has announced his retirement.

The announcement was made this morning and will take effect from the 31st of October.

Born on 12 April 1955, Bishop Patrick was educated at Sandford Park School and Salisbury and Wells Theological College; and ordained in 1979.

He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Newtownabbey and Ballywillan, and then held incumbencies at Craigs and Ballymore. He was Dean of Armagh from 2006 until 2011 and succeeded Bishop Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson as Bishop of the Tuam, Killala and Achonry in that year.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has paid tribute to Bishop Patrick calling him a “true pastor to his people” and praised his warm and welcoming personality, and his great ability to be at ease in company and to put others at ease in his presence.

Archbishop Neary also paid tribute to the support from the Bishop in making St Mary’s Cathedral available while the Cathedral of the Assumption is nearing the end of a major refurbishment.

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Latest figures show a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in Ireland as 288 are reported

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have announced that there are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

However, this is shows a significant drop compared to yesterday evening when 393 cases were reported.

That is a reduction of 105 cases in twenty four hours.

There is a slight increase in the numbers receiving treatment in hospital with 49 patients with the virus. An increase of 1 on yesterday while the number of people being treated in ICU is also up 1 to 15.

There are no figures available for Galway.

These daily case numbers may change in the future after the data is reviewed and validated.

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LISTEN: Galway men and women are encouraged to get a donor card on this Father’s Day

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Men and women all over the county are being encouraged to get a donor card this father’s day as a family from Mountbellew are sharing their story to increase awareness around the gift of organ donation.

Just under two years ago, Patrick Browne, who works as a nurse in the neurology department at University Hospital Galway, donated part of his liver to save his now six-year-old daughter Sadhbh’s life.

The Irish Kidney Association advises that whilst many things have been put on pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for organ donation and transplantation continues.

Speaking to John Mulligan, Patrick Browne said that holding a donor card is a phenomenal gift that can keep someone alive.

The Irish Kidney Association encourages individuals who wish to support organ donation to keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card, permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.

Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01-6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.

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