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HSE officials to facilitate meeting on funding crisis at GAP

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – HSE officials have agreed to attend a meeting with public representatives in relation to the ongoing funding crisis at Galway Autism Partnership.
The matter was raised at the HSE Regional Health Forum West where it was revealed the organisation received only €3,800 in respite funding this year.
The group also received €5,000 through the National Lottery small grant scheme administered through the HSE.
Tuam area councillor Mary Hoade told the forum that a public meeting held last night to discuss the crisis in funding was one of the most difficult she has attended in her political career.
She described the meeting as very emotive as parents stressed the importance of the service and the importance of early intervention.
The meeting heard that GAP requires funding of €75 thousand or will face closure at year end.
Councillor Hoade said family members and 100 volunteers are working to fundraise but will never manage to reach the targets needed and sustain a funding stream.
Chief Officer Tony Canavan told the meeting he is acutely aware of the work of such agencies and the HSE values the contributions of organisations such as GAP.
He committed to facilitating a meeting to discuss the situation with Oireachtas members before Christmas.

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Two men charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in Aughrim

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Two men in their 30s have been charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in County Galway.

Members of the Galway Divisional Drug Unit carried out a planned search of a home in Aughrim yesterday evening.

They discovered a grow house containing cannabis plants with an estimated street value of 146 thousand euro, and 20 thousand euro worth of cannabis herb.

Both men are due to appear before a special sitting of Galway District Court this evening.

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Plans lodged for minor housing development in Kilcolgan

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Plans have been lodged for a minor housing development in Kilcolgan.

The project, led by Joe McGrath, would see four two-storey detached homes built at a site on the L8563.

Planners are due to make a decision in March

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No prospect of development work on N59 in near future

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There is no further prospect of major development work on the N59 road between Maam Cross and Oughterard in the immediate future.

Development permission for this 15-kilometre section was given a decade ago, but talks and studies continue as to how the project should be completed.

The N59 in Connemara has often been described as the worst road in its category in Ireland.

Two lengthy public hearings took place in 2013 following which Bord Pleanála gave permission for the development of the 15-kilometer section of the N. 59 between Maam Cross and Oughterard.

However, there was a condition – work could not go ahead until the National Parks and Wildlife Service would be satisfied with the methods to be used by the Galway County Council in the construction process. This arose because of environmental issues.

A six-kilometre section east of Maam Cross passed the test some years ago and this upgraded road has attracted high praise from engineering organisations and a welcome in Connemara.

Now, ten years on from the planning process and permission, the remaining 9 kilometres between Maam Cross and Oughterard remain untouched while talks and studies continue.

The latest news on this long-running saga is that further ground studies and archaeological studies will take place in the coming months.

That is the situation a decade down the road.

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