Higher planning authority recommends further consideration of NUIG housing plan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway needs to further consider or amend its plans for new student accommodation at the college’s northern campus before it submits a full planning application.
That’s the opinion of An Bord Pleanála, which has reviewed preliminary plans for student accommodation comprising 471 bed spaces in Dangan.
Under new legislation, planning applications for large housing developments of more than 200 student bed spaces can bypass the local authority and go straight to An Bord Pleanála.
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Catherine Connolly slams Government over “cherry picking” facts on housing crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has hit out at the Government’s alleged “cherry picking” of facts over the housing crisis.
Speaking in the Dáil, she chastised Housing Minister Darragh O’ Brien for “boasting” about a range of schemes introduced in recent years.
She said most of them have proved ineffective, while others have made the problem even worse.
Deputy Connolly said at the end of the day Government policy has led to the current situation and it must be acknowledged.
University of Galway to launch online service to battle cancer misinformation
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The University of Galway is launching an online service aimed at battling misinformation about cancer.
The free service will provide tools to cancer patients to examine whether information is real or not.
The online platform, funded by the Irish Cancer Society, is to be launched later this year.
Professor Declan Devane is behind the new service and he says there are concerns misinformation online will mislead patients:
Water leak in Salthill led to “colossal” daily loss of 850 thousand litres
Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that a major leak on the water network in the Salthill area was losing 850 thousand litres of clean drinking water every day.
The leak – described by Irish Water as “colossal” – was discovered at Taylors Hill and has now been repaired.
Enough water to supply the population of Ballinasloe for an entire day.
That’s what was being lost on a daily basis through the leak discovered on the network at Taylors Hill.
Every 24 hours, 850 thousand litres of clean drinking water was seeping into the ground.
Crews were aware of a likely leak due to a spike in usage, but found it challenging to identify the location, as no water came to the surface.
Following an extensive effort using specialised equipment, the leak has now been pinpointed and repaired.
Irish Water has described the fix as one of the largest savings of water this year in the entire North-West region