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Irish Water says Connemara pipeline has not impacted water levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Water has stated that it’s confident that the extraction of water from a lake in Connemara via a controversial pipe has had no impact on water levels.
The pipe, believed to be several kilometers in length, was constructed last week to feed fresh water from Loch an Oir to Galway Bay to treat diseased fish.
Irish Water has stated that while discussions had taken place with operator Marine Harvest, no agreements had been reached and it’s closely monitoring the water levels at Loch an Oir.
In a statement, Marine Harvest said it’s working closely with all the relevant authorities to ensure that measures essential to the survival of fish stocks can be undertaken swiftly and appropriately.
The water is being used to treat AGD in salmon, which requires the fish to be bathed for several hours in fresh water on a specially designed boat offshore.
The company says the use of the pipe is a short term measure expected to last about five days and follows extensive consultation with the local community group.
Gardai are currently investigating alleged criminal damage to the pipe, which occured sometime between the 26th and 28th of June.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Man missing from Athenry found safe and well

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The man missing from Athenry has been found safe and well

39 year old Nicholas Crouch had been missing since Monday

Gardai have confirmed that he has been found, and is safe and well

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County planners back Renville sports facility after second bid to bring amenity to Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been secured to build a major sports facility at Renville West in Oranmore.

The project has received the green light from county planners, after a second bid to bring the amenity to Oranmore, led by Renville Sports Project Committee.

The plan would involve a looped amenity walkway throughout the site and connectivity to the existing amenity walkways at Rinville Park and also a public playground area.

It provides for three grassed playing pitches, one all weather synthetic playing pitch and three warm up or training areas as well as site lighting.

There will also be a covered terrace, a single storey toilet block and a hurling wall.

Under the plan, car parking is provided for up to 234 vehicles as well as six coach spaces and 184 bicycle parking spaces.

There will also be changes to provide vehicular and pedestrian access onto a local road, to the south of the site, to serve the proposed development and to provide for revised access to serve the existing public car parks.

County planners have given the project their backing with 14 conditions attached.

One states the the use of the all weather pitch is not to extend beyond 10pm.

The use of floodlights is restricted to from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 9pm on Sundays and public holidays.

The Tureen stream is also to be fenced off from the site works.

In June 2020, An Bord Pleanála refused a former application for the development due to concerns over traffic hazard issues.

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