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Labane businessman appeals rejection of expansion plans

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Labane businessman is appealing the rejection of expansion plans for a well-known car workshop and sales outlet on the N18.
An application to demolish a vehicle workshop in Labane and replace with a new larger workshop at Ballymaquiff was turned down by the county council in recent weeks.
Adrian Quinn had also applied to keep the existing car storage yard and sales area.

In refusing permission, county planners state that they’re not convinced that the site, which is located beside an identified flood risk area, is not at risk of flooding in the future.
However, applicant Adrian Quinn has appealed the refusal to An Bord Pleanala.
In appeal documents submitted this week, Adrian Quinn says the long established business needs to be upgraded, and the development would not pose a flood risk.
He also claims that no large vehicles use the site, and adequate sight lines from both entrances have been demonstrated.
An Bord Pleanala is due to make a decision in December.

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Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.

Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.

It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.

He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.

Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.

Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.

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329 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 329 Covid-19 cases nationwide.

57 patients with the disease are in hospital – down 3 in 24 hours.

The number in ICU has also dropped by 4 over that time to 19.

There are no local figures available due to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.

Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.

She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.

Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.

She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.

Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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