Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has approved plans for a new retail and community building at The Claddagh.
The project, proposed by Cathríona Walsh, had garnered the support of the local community.
It’ll encompass changing a building at Upper Fairhill road from industrial use to a craft shop, garden centre and community room.
The new development is expected to create employment for an average of 15 local crafts people and two sales people.
In allowing the development to go-ahead, the City Council has imposed 17 conditions.
The planning permission will only extend until the end of 2016 and no manufacturing of crafts can be undertaken at the site.
Also the operation of the garden centre must be restricted to two days per week between Monday and Saturday.
The use of the building in the evenings for meetings must be restricted to local, not-for-profit groups.
Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.
Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.
It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.
He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.
Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.
Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.
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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.
Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.
She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.
Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.
She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.
Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5