Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway port is operating at one-sixth of its potential capacity.
That’s according to Harbour Master Brian Sheridan whose comments follow the lodging of an application to An Bord Pleanala for a major extension to the port.
The harbour was built 175 years ago and was modernised in the sixties but has since not undergone any major development.
Due to tides, it has access restricted to four hours a day and gates also restrict the size of the ships and their tonnage.
This means that significant business from Ireland and abroad cannot be competed for.
If approved, the 27 hectare extension will be carried out over four stages with the first due to begin next year at a cost of 52 million euro.
The project includes a 216 berth marina, facilities for cruise ships, quay walls to create commercial quays and a nautical centre.
Harbour Master Brian Sheridan says the existing port must be developed or else it may stagnate.
Jadotville veterans gather in Galway city for 60th anniversary of famous siege
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Veterans of the Siege of Jadotville will gather in Galway City later today to mark the 60th anniversary of the infamous Congo battle.
A small contingent of Irish troops serving as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo were besieged in the mining town of Jadotville on the 13th September 1961by Katangese forces.
The Irish soldiers resisted attacks for five days but were eventually forced to surrender and held as prisoners of war before being released.
A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden of Renmore Barracks this afternoon at 3pm to mark the 60th anniversary of the final day of the siege, with 8 Jadotville veterans expected to attend.
City councillors pave way for Aldi development at derelict site on Monivea Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years.
The site is a brownfield one that has previously been excavated, following the demolition of Comer Machinery in 2005.
German retailer Aldi has applied for planning permission on the site, however a considerable portion of the land that would be used for car parking is zoned industrial.
This means councillors have to approve the contravention of the Galway City Development Plan to allow it to be used for retail purposes.
At this week’s meeting of Galway City Council, there was widespread agreement that it was a very positive development, and the vote was passed unanimously in favour.
This mean the proposed development can go ahead in principle with no changes to the zoning of the land.
Aldi Ireland says it hopes to start construction in 2022, and to open the new €9 million store in Autumn 2023.
It says 30 new permanent jobs will be created when the store opens, while up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction phase.
Councillor Declan McDonnell says after being just a “hole in the ground” for almost 20 years, there’s now a huge opportunity for development.
1,413 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A further 1,413 people have tested positive for Covid-19.
The five-day moving average stands at 1,395 – down almost 100 on two weeks ago.
Monaghan, Donegal and Louth have the highest 14-day incidence rates in the country.
There are 290 patients being treated for the virus in hospital, a drop of two since yesterday, while the number being treated in ICU has increased two to 67.