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Glenamaddy solar farm developers object to council fees

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The developers of a planned solar farm in Glenamaddy are objecting to the amount of money that they must to pay to the local authority.
Elgin Energy was granted planning permission for a solar farm with photovoltaic panels on a 9.6 hectare site at Shannagh Beg with 17 conditions attached.
One condition of the planning permission is that Elgin must pay over three quarters of a million euro to the council as part of the Development Contribution Scheme.
In an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, Elgin Energy argues that a Development Contribution Scheme amount of 281 thousand euro is excessive.
The company says the contribution seems to be calculated by the number of units.
However, it argues that the solar panels, which will be mounted on steel frames, don’t constitute ‘floor area’ and are not considered to be buildings.
The company says it therefore believes it’s incorrect to use the anticipated area of the solar panels to calculate the contribution amount.
Elgin also argues that it’s committed to paying for any works required to rectify the condition of the public road which is already covered in a different condition of planning.
An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the condition relating to the construction of a solar farm in Glenamaddy in the summer.

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Cabinet to consider bill for state to part-fund construction of student accommodation in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Higher Education Minister wants the state to part-fund student accommodation in three areas, including Galway.

Cabinet will consider proposals this morning aimed at adding a total of 700 beds in Galway, Maynooth and Limerick.

Ministers will also consider expanding the capital devolved grant to allow colleges to repurpose vacant housing to accommodate students.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Minister Harris, explains his plans:

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Mairead Farrell critical of plans to restore bonuses at bailed-out banks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairead Farrell is criticising plans to restore bonus payments to staff at bailed-out banks.

Pay has been capped at €500 thousand at the three bailed-out banks – AIB, Permanent TSB, and Bank of Ireland – and bonuses have been banned since the financial crash.

But Cabinet is expected to approve plans being presented this morning by Finance Minister Paschal Donohue.

They would allow banks to pay bonuses of up to €20 thousand, as well as remove restrictions on a number of non-pay benefits.

Some argue the restoration will benefit not just higher-level bank staff, but all staff right down to the lowest entry-level positions.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell – who herself previously worked in the financial sector – says the truth is, this will really benefit the highest earners.

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Man arrested following Garda operation in Galway investigating human trafficking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested after a Garda operation in Galway as part of ongoing investigations into human trafficking.

He’s due before the courts this morning.

Gardaí at Mullingar conducted a search and arrest operation in Galway yesterday, as part of ongoing investigations into human trafficking and related criminal activity.

The exact location of the operation has not been revealed, and Gardaí can only advise at this point that the operation took place in County Galway.

During the course of the operation, a man in his 30’s was arrested and taken to Mullingar Garda Station.

He’s since been charged and is due to appear before Longford District Court this morning

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