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Frustration as ruling on Athenry Apple data centre pushed out to October

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A final decision on plans to construct an 850 million euro data centre in Athenry has been pushed out to October.
The courts service has confirmed that October 10th is the new date , after the case was not heard in the Commerical Court this week as originally listed.
Apple first unveiled plans for the project in February 2015 – but last October two local objectors – Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly – were granted requests for a judicial review of the planning decision by the High Court.
Last March, judgement was reserved in the case after it was heard by Mr Justice Paul McDermott and despite several listings since the ruling has not been delivered
Meanwhile, in Denmark, Apple has completed one data centre announced at the same time as the Athenry development – and now plans to build another.
In the United States this week President Donald Trump declared that Tim Cook has promised three big plants for the U.S.
The situation has led to IDA Chief Martain Shanahan to call for an urgent shake-up of the planning system amid fears that Apple will simply turn elsewhere.
Paul Keane of the Athenry for Apple campaign tells FYI Galway that the long delay in delivering the ruling is very frustrating.

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Increase in Covid 19 figures as 393 cases are reported but the numbers receiving treatment in hospital continues to fall

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19.

That is an increase of 72 on last night’s figures.

However, the number in hospitals across the country continues to fall with 48 currently receiving treatment, a reduction of five on yesterday and down 10 on the same day last week.

14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 1 on yesterday and 8 on the same day last week.

There are no figures available for Galway.

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City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.

Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.

He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.

Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.

He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.

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LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.

The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

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