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IDA chief makes plea over Apple data centre in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The chief executive of IDA Ireland has called for a shake-up of the planning system in the wake of lengthy delays to Apple’s plans for a data centre in Athenry.
The €850 million project was announced in February 2015 – but remains in limbo due to a judicial review sought by local residents.
Sinead Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly sought the review of the planning decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission on environmental grounds.
At the time Apple announced plans for a massive data centre project in Athenry, it also announced its intention to build a similar project in Denmark.
Over two years later, and the Danish centre has been completed – with tech giant Apple now considering developing a second centre in that country.
Meanwhile, the Athenry project remains in development hell over a series of lengthy delays – with many fearing Apple could be close to pulling the plug.
Two local objectors – Sinéad Fitzpatrick and Allan Daly – were granted requests for a judicial review of the planning decision by the High Court in October.
According to the Sunday Business Post, IDA Chief Executive Martain Shanahan is now calling for a shake-up of the planning system amid fears the considerable delays could lead to Athenry losing the project.
He says tight turnaround times are needed for big planning permissions – and the prospect of companies simply turning elsewhere is a very real danger.
The long-awaited decision on Apple’s plans for a data centre in Athenry is expected to be delivered in the Commerical Court on Thursday.

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Galway public share favorite movies as 34th Film Fleadh gets underway tomorrow

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Galway bay fm newsroom – For the first time in three years, the Galway Film Fleadh returns in-person from tomorrow.

This year promises a packed programme of the very best of Irish and international cinema, with 80 feature films to play over the coming days.

A full programme of events can be found at GalwayFilmfleadh.com.

With the festival getting underway tomorrow, Aisling Bolton-Dowling has been asking people in Galway about their favorite movies.

Photo by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash

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Call for sexual and domestic violence liaison officer in Co Council Housing Section

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council management has been asked to add a Domestic Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Liaison Officer to the Council’s Housing Section.

The motion calling for the appointment of a Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Liaison Officer officer to the Co Council’s housing section was tabled by Independent Councillor, Dr Evelyn Parsons and seconded by Councillor Geraldine Donohue.

Councillor Parsons said that domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is at an all-time high in County Galway.

Councillor Parsons said that key findings from a review of accommodation for victims of domestic violence confirm the need for more refuge provisions.

Councillor Parsons said that actions have to be rolled out to deal with this situation and she called for zero tolerance to tackle what she termed this shadow pandemic of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence within County Galway and throughout the country.

The motion calling for a liaison officer to deal with the situation in the County Council’s Housing section was unanimously supported by Councillors.

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Galway public urged to give blood as stocks critically low

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Galway public are being urged to give blood as stocks are now critically low.

Donors can visit GiveBlood.ie to register their details and will be contacted when a clinic is taking place in their area.

Paul McKinney is Operations Direct at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he says they’re currently at less than six days supply.

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