IFA welcomes dedesigations at 18 Galway bogs but calls for plan for restricted landowners
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Irish Farmers Association says the de-designation of 18 heritage boglands in Galway is a step in the right direction but has called for other NHA restrictions to be lifted.
The decision was announced today as part of the government’s overall long-term strategic plan for Ireland’s peatlands.
Under the plan, 18 Galway national heritage areas or NHAs are to be dedesignated, however an order has been made to completely cease turf cutting on seven others by 2017.
This will involve the immediate introduction of an individual permit system.
The sites where cutting must cease by 2017 include bogs in Aughrim, Ballygar, Bracklagh, Castle Ffrench East, Derrinlough, Moorfield/Farm Cottage and Raford River.
IFA SAC Project Chairman Tom Turley says the Minister must now reconsider the 36 NHAs nationwide where cutting has been restricted.
He says a clear implementation plan is needed to provide a comprehensive package for bogowners in restricted areas.
Public meeting to unveil plans for new school for The Bish
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city next week to unveil detailed plans for a new school building for The Bish.
The project would see St Joseph’s Patrician College relocate from Nuns’ Island to a greenfield site at Dangan.
It’ll be adjacant to University of Galway and a planning application is expected next month.
The public meeting to discuss the plans will take place at the Ardilaun Hotel on Tuesday, March 28th, from 1pm until 8pm.
Speaking to Galway Talks, principal John Madden says the new school is badly needed at this point.
Polish Ambassador to visit Galway this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Polish Ambassador in Ireland, Anna Sochanska, is visiting Galway city this weekend (24+25/03).
Ms Sochanska is set to meet officials and attend the International Business Forum and Fair in Salthill on Saturday.
The event brings together businesses, entrepreneurs and decision-makers to network and shop for products and suppliers throughout Ireland.
The Polish Ambassador will also discuss student exchange and Polish Green technologies during her visit.
Call for major investment in healthcare to alleviate doctor shortage in Headford
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a call for major investment in healthcare in Headford, as the area faces a GP shortage.
Councillor Andrew Reddington has met with Community Healthcare West Chief Officer Breda Crehan Roche, as recruitment has begun to replace a retired GP in the town.
Councillor Reddington says there is demand for a primary healthcare centre in Headford, for people in surrounding areas as well as the town itself.
He states there is a national shortage of GPS and rural areas like Headford are the worst hit.