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Galway Muslims appeal refusal of permission for place of worship

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Muslim community in Galway is continuing its efforts to keep a place of worship in the city.
Late last year, the city council refused planning permission to the Western Islamic Cultural Centre to keep a house in Mincloon as a place of worship and accommodation at basement level.
That decision is now being appealed to the higher planning authority.
Planners refused the retention application based on concerns about traffic in the area and the impact on local amenities.
Local residents had complained that a loudspeaker was used for some meetings at the centre and a large number of people gathered at various times of the day.
However the Muslim group has appealed that refusal to An Bord Pleanála.
In 2016, the city council voted in favour of a material contravention of the City Development Plan to allow consideration of the use of specific lands in Mincloon as a place of worship for Muslims.
The Western Islamic Cultural Centre argues in an appeal to An Bord Pleanála that the zoning allows for the use of the building as a place of worship.
A decision is due from An Bord Pleanála by May.

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10,414 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement for the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,605* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In addition, on Tuesday 25 January, 4,809** people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.

There has been a total of 6,136 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 49 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

As of 8am today, 739 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 74 are in ICU.

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Galway TD critical of Government inaction on violence against women over past 20 years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has sharply criticised the Government in the Dáil over its ongoing failure to take meaningful action to tackle violence against women over the past two decades

Deputy Catherine Connolly noted that the death of Ashling Murphy has been described as a “watershed” moment by many, that has shone a spotlight on the issue.

However, she said countless spotlights have been shone on the issue over the past two decades, yet very little effective actions have been taken.

She cited a Government-commissioned report issued in 1997 that outlined the need for greater supports for women, as well as programmes for violent men that tackle their behavior.

Deputy Connolly argued we’ve known the exact scale of the problem for the past 25 years – yet the Government has done very little to address it.

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NUIG Student Union highlights availability of safety and door alarms

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The Student Union at NUI Galway has moved to highlight the availability of various safety alarms and door alarms for purchase at its shop.

The union is creating awareness of safety measures in light of the tragic death of Aisling Murphy in Tullamore.

It comes as hospitality has fully reopened with greater numbers of students socialising at night.

Vice President Cora Clarke says the alarms are available at no major cost and may make many feel safer.

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