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Higher planning authority rules out proposed diner for Liosban

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A second attempt to develop a new diner in Liosbán in the city has been unsuccessful.
Acrisium Limited which owns Starbucks and TGI Fridays franchises in Ireland, has been refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála for the diner at the Elverys store at Centrepoint.
Galway City Council initially refused permission to change the ground floor and mezzanine floor from retail to restaurant use at Centrepoint Liosban.
The council felt that the scale of the proposed development was excessive.
However, Acrisium Limited appealed the refusal to An Bord Pleanála.
The company revised the floor area for the restaurant, reducing the floorspace by 44 per cent as part of the appeal.
It states that the proposed restaurant would primarily serve the needs of customers and employees of Liosban Industrial Park.
The company argued that there is also a clear precedent for café and restaurants in the wider area.
Despite this argument, the higher planning authority has turned down the plans.
It states that the scale of the proposed restaurant is contrary to the zoning objective of the area.
The board believes that the planned restaurant for Liosban is not ‘retail of a type and scale appropriate to the function and character of the area.’

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Minister questioned in Seanad over major delays for new national school in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has come under pressure over what has been described as a a multi-decade delay in providing a new school building for Ballinasloe National School.

Speaking in the Seanad, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said Scoil an Chroí Naofa has been waiting 20 years for a purpose built facility.

She noted that planning was granted in 2011 and an extension was approved in 2016, yet there’s still been very little progress.

Senator Dolan argued that generations of children are passing through school buildings that date back to the 1930s and 1960s.

Currently, the project is at Stage 2(b), which is detailed design.

Senator Dolan said the whole project from start to finish should take around 5 years, yet decades later there’s been little progress.

Speaking in response, Minister Josepha Madigan acknowledged it was ‘extraordinary’ that the project has not come to fruitition despite the multi-decade timeline.

She said she understood the frustration involved and pledged to raise the issue with Minister Norma Foley.

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Concern over significant waiting times for orthodontic assessments in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has voiced concerns over the significant waiting times experienced by some patients for orthodontic assessments in Galway.

Galway East TD Sean Canney has received confirmation from the HSE that individuals may have to wait for up to six months in emergency cases, while routinely it can take up to two years for an initial assessment.

According to figures released by the HSE, there are currently 1,321 patients awaiting an assessment in the city and county.

There are a further 1,845 individuals on the treatment waiting list – with waiting times for urgent cases taking up to one year, and up four and half years for routine cases.

Deputy Canney argues children who may need dental work are being treated unfairly and their confidence is being shattered.

He says the HSE and the Department of Health need to tackle the issue as a matter of urgency.

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Post-mortem exam following discovery of man’s body in Corrandulla area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A post-mortem examination is due to take place following the discovery of a man’s body in the Corrandulla area yesterday.

The body of a man in his 70s was found at around 11am on a local bog road following an extensive search of the area involving Gardai from Galway and Athenry, assisted by the Coastguard.

The man’s body was removed from the scene and taken to UHG for a post-mortem examination.

It’s understood no foul play is suspected.

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