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Grocers Association lodges objection to discount store in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – RGDATA, the representative association for independent grocers in Ireland has launched an objection over plans for a discount store in Knocknacarra.

The group claims the proposed ALDI store would result in a significant breach of the convenience retail requirement for the city, and argues there is inadequate car parking facilities.

ALDI is seeking permission to build the 15 hundred square metre single-storey discount store at a site bounded by the western distributor road and a link road.

This is a scaled back version of the plans given the go ahead in 2009.

Now RGDATA, which represents convenience store and local shops has lodged an objection to city planners over the application.

It argues that since the adoption of the city development plan in early 2011, there has been a significant amount of permitted and proposed convenience retail developments.

RGDATA says that in these circumstances it would appear that the future retail needs of the western suburbs and the city are adequately catered for.

The grocers association also claims that 96 car parking spaces for the store is inadequate based on CDP requirements.

City planners have now requested further information from Aldi regarding the plans and a decision is expected in the coming months.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.

Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….

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Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.

The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.

In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.

Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.

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