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Health and Safety Authority report

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A report carried in last week’s Connacht Tribune under the headline “Death knell rings for community schemes” – and subsequently published online – claimed that the Health and Safety Authority was responsible for effectively closing down a number of Local Involvement Schemes around the county.

It was based on claims made by Galway County Councillor Billy Connelly, who referred to one particular scheme in Kilcoona, which was being organised by Caherlistrane Community Council.

He incorrectly blamed this on the Health and Safety Authority – and the Connacht Tribune wrongly reported his claims – when in fact the decision to enforce safety regulations was made by officials from Galway County Council itself.

The HSA has rightly pointed out that it has no involvement whatsoever in relation to these projects under LIS, and that such projects are entirely a matter for the relevant local authority.

We apologise to the Health and Safety Authority for the inaccurate report and we are happy to clarify that the Authority had nothing whatsoever to do with any curtailing of these schemes.

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Irish speaking University of Galway students awarded €1,000 scholarship

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GBFM Newsroom – University of Galway has awarded sixteen Irish speaking students with dedicated accommodation and scholarships for the academic year.

The awards were issued under the Irish Language Residential scheme, which was launched in 1991.

The students will share Teach na Gaeilge in Corrib Village and receive a €1,000 scholarship to support with their accommodation costs.

Caroline Ní Fhlatharta, Oifigeach na Gaeilge at University of Galway outlines the purpose of the scheme.

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Plans lodged for new fuel station and garage in Tuam

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GBFM Newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a new fuel station and garage in Tuam.

The development is led by Corrib Oil Limited and would be located on the Ballygaddy Road at Airglooney.

It would include the construction of a commercial warehouse and vehicle repair building, and fuel storage and distribution depot, as well as a sales forecourt, shop and offices.

County planners are due to make a decision in November.

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Plans lodged for Primary Care Centre in Claregalway

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GBFM Newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a Primary Care Centre in Claregalway.

The plan is led by Philip Doyle of Valley Healthcare Fund.

Primary Care Centres offer a range of health services at a single location such as public health, community nursing, physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, and x-ray services.

The proposed centre for Claregalway would be located at Cahergowan, and would be a two story building, including a pharmacy at ground level.

The works would also include the widening of the existing Montiagh Road and footpath links from the site to the junction with the N83.

County planners are due to make a decision next month.

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