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Higher planning authority rules in favour of temporary halting site on Headford road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanala has upheld the county councils decision in granting permission for the continued use of a second longterm halting site at Carrowbrowne.

However, it is a temporary permission for 12 months only.

The site was originally used to provide temporary accomodation during the refurbishment of the nearby carrowbrowne halting site.

There are around 13 families, including over 30 children at the site, which holds 15 serviced halting bays.

Galway County Council granted permission for the long term continuous use of the transient halting site in July.

This decision was later appealed by the Headford Road Business alliance, and an oral hearing on the plans took place in the city in November.

An bord Pleanala has now ruled to allow temporary permission for the use of the transient halting site for 12 months only.

It adds that a programme for the maintenance of the site during the period of the temporary permission must be agreed in writing.

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Galway Cycling Campaign says not enough to just urge drivers to slow down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Cycling Campaign says it’s not enough to just urge people to slow down on our roads, and greater enforcement is needed.

It comes as this week An Garda Siochana launched a #SlowDown Campaign.

Latest figures available from Gardaí show that 83 people have been killed on our roads so far this year, with speeding the main contributor.

Kevin Jennings, Chairperson of Galway Cycling Campaign, welcomes the Garda efforts, but wants more to be done:

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Local senator calls for national monuments to celebrate independence heroes

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Local senator Sean Kyne is questioning why we have no national monuments celebrating our national heroes who fought for Irish independence.

He says it’s extraordinary that we have nothing to celebrate figures like Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Cathal Brugha or Countess Markievicz.

Senator Kyne argues every other country has these monuments – and there’s no good reason that we do not.

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Galway now one of worst hit counties for COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is now one of the worst hit counties with COVID-19 cases.

Figures for the spread of the virus show the county had an incidence rate of over 280 per 100,000 in the past week.

That figure is based on free HSE PCR tests and does not include those who tested positive on a home antigen test or who had mild or no symptoms.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Sinéad Feeney, from Crescent Medical Centre, says we need to re-prioritise measures that we may have laxed on lately.

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