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Ireland facing 2 million EU fine over Derrybrien wind farm

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ireland could be facing fines of up to 2 million euro over alleged non-compliance with an EU judgement on Derrybrien wind farm.
The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the EU’s Court of Justice over alleged failures to comply with a previous judgement on the site.
The commission claims an environmental impact assessment was never properly conducted – and is now seeking a lump sum payment of 1.7 million euro.

The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to comply with part of a court judgement on July 3rd, 2008.
It found that Ireland had failed to carry out an environmental impact statement for the 70 turbine wind farm – the largest of its kind in Ireland.
Under EU rules, impact assessments of certain public and private projects on the environment are required before the commencement of construction.
Now, some 13 years since it was built, it’s alleged a sufficient impact assessment has still not been conducted at Derrybrien wind farm.
The European Commission says the scale of the development and its sensitive moorland hilltop location mean its operation continue to have an impact locally.
It further states the site could still benefit from mitigation and remediation measures, but these can be only be identified following an assessment.
The European Commission is now requesting the Court of Justice to impose a minimum lump sum payment of 1.7 million euro.
It’s also proposing a daily penalty payment of over 12 thousand euro – if full compliance is not achieved by the date when the court issues its ruling.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.

Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.

Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.

Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.

Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.

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