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Four million euro invested in Galway City transport in 2012

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Galway bay fm newsroom -Almost four million euro was invested in the construction and implementation of sustainable transport measures in Galway city last year.

That’s according to the 2012 Regional Cities Report published by the National Transport Authority.

Two and a half million euro was allocated to the Bishop O’Donnell/Seamus Quirke Road Improvement Scheme, which was completed in June last year.

A further 400-thousand was spent on the Galway City Urban Traffic Management and Control Centre, and 200-thousand euro was invested in the construction of upgrades to the Wellpark Road/Connolly Avenue junction.

Other projects funded by the Regional Cities Programme included the upgrading of city centre cycle-parking and pedestrian crossings.

In the county, a payment of almost 290-thousand euro was used to resolve outstanding contractual issues relating to the 3.42 kilometer bus corridor on the N17 at Claregalway.

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Planning Board upholds city council decision to refuse planning for Kingston urban village proposal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has decided to uphold the city council’s decion to refuse a plan for a new urban village in Kingston.

The development would have been located on lands on the south side of the Western Distributor Road at the Knocknacarra District Centre.

Phase one had set out to provide a mixed-use development with a licensed supermarket, a retail warehouse unit, nine retail service units, two medical/community units and a café/restaurant.

It also included a central civic space including play and exercise areas and a covered sports court.

City planners turned down the proposal in July stating the development would contravene policy with regards to urban layout and linkages proposed between phase 1 and 2.

It was also stated that the communal spaces along the north of the site are incidental while their usability and functionality as such spaces are limited.

The applicant 1 Kingston land Limited appealed that decision to the higher planning authority, arguing the proposed development fully meets the requirements for high quality urban design as set out in the development plan.

A local environmental group also lodged a third party appeal with concerns over what is described as ‘the inadequacy of the grounds of refusal’ stating it did not adequately reflect concerns as set out in its submission.

In refusing the plan, An Bord Pleanála stated the development is deficient by way of the nature and range of the proposed retail and mix of uses for such a designated district centre.

It was also stated the development is deficient and substandard in quality, layout, form and public amenity of the open space provision.

The Board was also not satisfied that the development would not endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard.

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NUI Galway study identifies most important vascular risk factors for dementia

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- An NUIG study has found controlling high blood pressure and diabetes, and following a healthier lifestyle from an earlier age could reduce risk of dementia in older age

The university teamed up with Boston University and the University of Texas with a study urging a personalised rather than a one size fits all approach to risk prediction.

The study examined data from 5,000 people to assess potential predictors for loss of cognitive function.

The most important vascular risk factors for dementia were high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus at age 55.

This is followed by cardiovascular disease at the age of 65.

Diabetes mellitus and previous stroke were identified as risk factors at ages 70 and 75.

Diabetes mellitus, previous stroke and not taking blood-pressure lowering medication was identified for those aged 80.

The study was published today in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland, 64,000 people are living with dementia in Ireland.

It is estimated that the number of people with the condition will more than double in the next 25 years.

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Preliminary business case for new emergency department at UHG set to be submitted

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has told the Dáil the assessment review for the long awaited new emergency department and children’s unit at UHG has been received.

The Joint Health Committee heard a preliminary business case is expected to be submitted in the coming days.

Mr. Reid told Galway based Senator Sean Kyne it follows weeks of discussion on the right strategic location for the build.

The meeting also heard the temporary ED, involving a 13 million euro investment, is to be commissioned in the next two months.

When pressed on when the planning application will be finally submitted for the wider ED build, the HSE Chief said the business case must first be pushed through, while pre-planning talks are also underway with the local authority.

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