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High speed broadband announced for Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – High speed broadband infrastructure is heading to Loughrea, Kilkenny and Ardee.
e-net, which runs Ireland’s fibre optic infrastructure, is investing 2.5 million euro to develop broadband in the three areas.
It means all businesses in the three locations will have access to superfast fibre broadband.
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte says it’s important for future economic development.

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Galway TD asks Government to prioritise additional parental leave

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to prioritise introducing the additional three week parental leave that was approved last month.

Deputy Mairéad Farrell says with many creches closed or taking severely reduced numbers, and family members unable to provide care under current restrictions, there is no room for delays.

Additional parental leave was announced in Budget 2020 and approved last month by Cabinet.

It applies to parents of children born after November 1st 2019 and would see them entitled to five weeks leave after their child is born or adopted.

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High-speed broadband to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – High-speed broadband infrastructure is to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore in the coming weeks.

Parts of Renville, Maree Road, and Ballynamanagh East in Clarinbridge are to be among the first areas to be connected to the high-speed network in 2021.

It’s part of National Broadband Ireland’s €153-milliion investment in Galway that sets out to have nearly 40,000 premises connected in locations where commercial operators have indicated that they will not be providing such services.

Minister of State and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says the roll-out will equip homes with standard 500 MB download speeds once connected.

Over 3,500 premises have been surveyed to date in Galway and network designs have been completed for the delivery of a fibre-to-the-home network in these areas.

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Public consultation launched on Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation has been launched on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029.

The plan will provide a framework for how the city will grow and develop during that time.

The new plan will build on the current Galway City Development Plan, which runs until 2023.

It’ll focus on a wide range of issues including housing, transportation, economic activity, climate change, community development, recreation facilities, parks, open spaces, arts, culture, heritage, and tourism.

Galway City Council is inviting everyone including residents, community groups and business owners who live or work within the city boundaries, to have their say on its future direction and growth.

The local authority says it’s particularly interested in hearing the views of children and young people in Galway City.

The public consultation is open until Friday, March 5th.

Submissions or observations can be made online at consult.galwaycity.ie – through post to the planning department at City Hall – or by emailing devplan@galwaycity.ie.

A series of public online meetings will also be held by The Galway City Community Network next month to discuss the development plan.

They’ll be themed ‘townhall’ style virtual meetings that will focus on specific topics on various dates between Wednesday, February 3rd and Monday the 22nd.

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