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Handover of former Salthill orphanage not likely until next year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council says it will be a number of months before a final contract is signed on the transfer of Lenaboy Castle to the local authority.
In September, it was revealed that the Sisters of Mercy are transferring the ownership of Lenaboy Castle, St Anne’s, to the local authority for use as a creative hub.

In recent weeks, the city council has been accused of ignoring the feelings of survivors and their families by not consulting with them on the future of Lenaboy Castle.
The city council has agreed to hold consultations with survivors – but it’s not yet known when these meetings will take place.
It follows the revelation in September that the former orphanage at Taylor’s Hill will be transformed into a creative hub for children.
At City Hall this week, it was explained that there are a number of issues to resolve before any contract can be signed.
According to Chief Executive Brendan McGrath, these include access issues, the undertaking of internal and external surveys, and the need to consult with former residents.
He says that he will only recommend that the contract is signed once all outstanding issues have been resolved satisfactorily – and this may take a number of months.
He added the proposed creative hub at Lenaboy Castle would not just be a legacy for Galway 2020 – but a permanent legacy for all children of the city in the cultural and artistic sphere.

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4,731 cases of Covid-19 confirmed through PCR tests

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A further 4,731 cases of Covid 19 through PCR test have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

There have also been 3,395 cases registered through a positive antigen test online.

The five day moving average has dropped to 10,519 – down from 11, 231 yesterday.

Currently in Irish hospitals there are 845 people with the virus, 79 of whom are in intensive care.

The UK’s recorded a further 74-thousand-799 Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period.

That’s slightly down on yesterday’s official daily figures.

75 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test.

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An Bord Pleanála considering proposal for strategic housing development in Oranmore

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is considering a proposal for a strategic housing development in Oranmore, which would involve 101 apartments.

The development at a site at Station Road, Carrowmoneash would also involve a creche facility.

Torca Construction Limited is leading the application for the development which would span over five blocks.

Two of the blocks would be four-storey, while the remaining three would be built as three-storey.

The plan also provides for a detached creche facility including a secure outdoor play area, as well as 133 car parking spaces.

There would also be a central landscaped courtyard and public open space with bicycle parking.

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision in April.

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LISTEN: Councillor Seeks In-Person Public Consultation on Salthill Cycleway Proposals

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – In-Person workshops could ease frustration with online consultation process over the proposal to develop cycle lanes in Salthill.

That is the opinion of Fianna Fail Councillor John Connolly who has called on Galway City Council to use Leisureland to host information workshops on the proposals.

He argues that while the opportunity is there for the proposals to be seen online, he has been contacted by residents who have been frustrated by the online process and there is now an opportunity to hold in person public consultations which will be more comprehensive, meaningful and informative on the proposal and options for the cycle way:

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