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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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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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