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Galway Leader projects saved with extra government funding

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Approved Galway leader projects have received a lifeline this evening following an announcement that they are to benefit from a national funding pot of 42 million euro.

The allocation for approved projects, which had been on hold, is part of an overall total of 90 million euro secured to safeguard the Leader elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

It follows a rebalancing exercise by the Department of the Environment after the European Commission approved a change in the maximum co-funding rate for the Leader programme.

Galway local development companies including Fourm Connemara, Comhar na nOileain Teo and Galway Rural Development will now be able to continue such projects.

They have been given two weeks to notify the department  on the projects which are deemed ready to proceed.

Galway West Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne says the programme is vital in stimulating economic activity and job creation and helps to support rural communities throughout our region.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.

The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.

The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.

However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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