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.’
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.