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Government reaffirms commitment to review of Derrybrien windfarm

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government says it remains ‘committed’ to carrying out a full environmental assessment at Derrybrien Windfarm.
It follows the revelation that Ireland could be facing EU fines of almost 2 million euro over its alleged failure to conduct such a review.
The European Commission claims the scale and location of the wind farm continues to have an impact locally – and that it would benefit from mitigation and remediation measures.
However, those works cannot be carried out until a full environmental assessment is conducted – something which still has not been done some 13 years after the wind farm was constructed.
That’s despite being in violation of EU rules as well as a previous court judgement in 2008 condemning the situation.
The European Commission is now requesting that the EU Court of Justice fine Ireland to the tune of 1.7 million euro and impose daily penalties of 12 thousand euro.
In a statement, the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources says it has been in regular communication with the Commission.
It further states an agreed programme for a full environmental review has recently been submitted to the Commission and it is awaiting a response.
It adds the programme can be swiftly implemented on receipt of the commissions views – and it will continue to work to resolve the matter in a timely and satisfactory manner.

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14,962 additional cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have confirmed an additional 14,962 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

10,753 new cases were detected by PCR tests and 4,209 positive antigen tests were logged online.

It’s a significant drop on the highest recorded daily figure of over 26,000, which was reported on January 8th.

The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital has risen slightly to 965, an increase of 25 while there are 88 patients with the virus in ICU.

The five day moving average now stands at 18,360 – down from 19,226 yesterday. 

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LISTEN: Forum Connemara launches Want to Work Programme tomorrow afternoon

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The launch of Forum Connemara’s Want to Work programme will take place virtually tomorrow afternoon at 3.30pm.

The ‘Want to Work’ programme works towards building an inclusive workforce by supporting people with Disabilities or Mental Health Conditions and will provide core employment skills training such as Manual Handling, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Covid Induction training and a bespoke ‘World of Work’ employment skills training programme.

It will also offer industry tailored training.

The project works with participants who are 18+, who have a disability or a mental health condition and is funded through the measure to ‘Support the Employment of People with Disabilities’ under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021 by the Department of Social Protection.

Adam Delapp is the project officer for Forum Connemara, he explained to Ciara Mannion that there are two key strands to the programme:

Adam can be contacted by email if you would like to attend the launch.

His email address is A.Delapp@forumconnemara.ie

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LISTEN: County Councillors conclude review of draft County Development Plan

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway’s 39 County Councillors and officials have concluded their review of the draft County Development Plan for the next six years.

The blueprint covering the period from 2022 to 2028 spans over 1300 pages with 2,877 submissions received.

The deadline was midnight Thursday as part of the two year statutory process with the amended plan going out on public display again late February.

County Cathaoirleach Peter Keaveney told Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that this plan is an extremely important document:

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