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Galway TD slams delays in An Bord Pleanala’s appeals process

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just one third of appeals brought before An Bord Pleanála are being processed within the legal 18 week timeframe.
That’s according to Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuív who says delays within the planning authority’s appeals process are “totally unacceptable.”
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Galway records spike in cases as Level 5 lifts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has recorded a spike in coronavirus cases as the country begins its exit from Level 5 today.

22 new cases were notified for Galway in last evening’s figures, the third highest nationwide with 108 in Dublin and 30 in Limerick.

If follows a period of relatively low case numbers in Galway with 128 confirmed over the last fortnight.

The city and county have recorded 2,642 cases of the virus to date.

Health experts have urged the public to stay within county and not to mix with other households.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says people should avoid busy areas where there’s a risk of COVID-19 spreading.

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City Council passes €102m budget for 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillors have passed a budget worth €102.5m for the running of the city next year.

That’s an increase of almost €3m on the budget for 2020.

Next year’s budget was compiled based on no increase in commercial rates, Local Property Tax or increases in charges for services.

Chief Executive of the local authority, Brendan McGrath, says this year has been the most challenging in years due to the impact of Covid-19 and economic uncertainty.

But he contends that the City Council has been ‘prudent’ in building up reserves in recent years, which will be used for beneficial projects and initiatives during 2021.

Mayor of Galway, Councillor Mike Cubbard, says the budget contains many positive elements for the year ahead including a planned maintenance programme for housing, vital funds for the running of Leisureland, key adaptation and mobility grants and funding towards planning for the Bus Connects project.

He says it’s a disability friendly budget and will provide key supports for the people of Galway in the year ahead.

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Community in shock following fatal road crash in Abbeyknockmoy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The man who died in a road crash in Abbeyknockmoy yesterday has been named locally as Pat Moggan.

The 48 year old from Clogherboy in Tuam was a father of five and worked as a machine driver.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle sustained serious injuries during the collision which took place at around 6.30am near O’ Donohoe’s in the village yesterday.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway where he later passed away.

Local councillor Pete Roche says the community is in shock.

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