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Four weeks until crunch hearing on Apple Athenry data centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Commercial Court is expected to make a decision in exactly four weeks time on Apple’s plans for an 850 million euro data centre in Athenry.
In March, judgement was reserved in the case of the Judicial Review against the planned development.
A date has now been set for the case to return before the court.
Three objectors – local residents Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly, and Wicklow landowner Brian McDonagh – asked the High Court for a judicial review on environmental grounds.
Apple was subsequently successful in applying to have the case fast-tracked through the commercial court.
In February, one of three requests for a judicial review was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
The request, brought by Wicklow resident Brian McDonagh, was dismissed – as the court concluded that he did not have significant grounds for appeal.
The locals’ judicial review case will return to the Commercial Court on the 23rd of June, when a court decision on whether the development can go ahead is expected to be made.

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Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.

The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.

There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.

The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.

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Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.

Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.

Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.

While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.

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Galway Traveller Movement to protest at city council meeting next Monday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Traveller Movement is set to protest at Galway City Council meeting next Monday.

It follows comments made during an interview on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme by councillor Michael Crowe, which he has since apologised for.

GTM is calling for the full protection of the Traveller community against inequality and discrimination by all elected representatives.

The movement is inviting the public to join them at 1:30pm outside the city council building on Monday, or to formally write a complaint to the Fianna Fáil Party and city council.

Joanna Corcoran works at GTM and is a member of the Traveller community:

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