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Irish Water submits CPO for major Loughrea water quality project

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Water has submitted a notice of Compulsory Purchase Order for the delivery of a major project aimed at improving water quality in Loughrea.
If approved, the CPO will mean the utility will be able to take land in the area without the consent of the owner to advance the project.
Irish Water says despite on-going consultation with all affected landowners, it has been unable to acquire all of the necessary land on a voluntary basis.
It says the submission of notice for CPO to An Bord Pleanala is necessary given the importance of the project.
It relates to the construction of a new reservoir and associated networks in a number of areas – these are Craughwell, Roo, Lecarrow, Moyveela and Oranbeg.
The aim of the project is to improve drinking water quality and security of supply to approximately six thousand people in Loughrea town and surrounding areas.
The first phase of the project includes the construction of 20km of water mains from Carrowmonesh in Oranmore to Seefin Reservoir near Loughrea.
It’ll also involve the construction of a new 1,000m3 reservoir at Seefin and four new pumping stations in Derrydonnell, Seefin, Lake Road and Knockanaima.
If confirmed, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to acquire all lands necessary to the project as well as permanent right of way and temporary working areas.
The utility says all going well, it’s expected that works will commence in early 2019.

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Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Galway hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus being treated at Galway hospitals today.

The two patients are receiving care at UHG.

A further two suspected cases of the virus are being treated at the city’s acute hospital, with one suspected case receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There are 31 patients with COVID-19 being treated in intensive care settings nationwide today with none in ICU settings in Galway.

20 of these are being ventilated.

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Concern over disturbance by ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross outside Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Community concerns over the actions of ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross in the Ballinakill area outside Loughrea were brought before a meeting of the county joint policing committee this week.

Local councillor Michael Moegie Maher said 10 to 12 families in the area are petrified to come out on the road.

He told the meeting boy racers are ‘playing havoc’ for the last couple of months with families with young children unable to sleep at 3 and 4am as the culprits perform doughnut manoevures and create noise disturbance.

Councillor Maher asked if an unmarked car could carry out patrols in the area in a bid to deter the behaviour.

A Garda representative told the meeting the matter was ‘well in hand’ with Gardai conducting patrols and continuing to monitor the situation.

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Galway Simon raises serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Simon Community has raised serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas.

The charity has warned the Christmas period can be very emotional and difficult for people experiencing homelessness.

According to the latest Government figures, there were 368 people, including 50 families and 116 children, living in emergency accommodation in the west during October.

These figures represent an decrease of 14 people, including three families on the previous month.

CEO of Galway Simon, Karen Golden, has welcomed this decrease but says the numbers presenting as homeless in the region are still far too high.

The charity has confirmed it’s seen an increase in demand across its services compared to the same period last year – largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Karen Golden says the charity’s volunteers have been working extremely hard throughout the pandemic to support those in need.

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