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Former McDonagh hardware store in city to become cookery school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The warehouse which formerly housed McDonagh Hardware in the city centre is set to be transformed from a retail store into a restaurant and cookery school.

Talebury Holdings has been granted planning permission for alterations to the building at 1 to 3 Merchants road, which houses Meadows and Byrne and Blarney Woolen Mills.

The development at Merchants Road will include the construction of a new food preparation area and kitchen.

The retail space will also be transformed into a restaurant and cookery class area.

In granting permission for the changes, the City Council has imposed 12 conditions.

One condition stipulates that no canopies can be erected at the building, despite the applicant seeking permission for 4 such canopies.

Also, the grant of permission doesn’t include any works to the original fabric of the building, including hoists between floors, as the building is a protected structure.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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