Galway Bay fm newsroom – One of five new homes to be built in the Barna area is restricted to use by an Irish speaker.
Galway County Council has approved plans for the new two storey homes on pier road, Freeport with conditions attached.
Planning permission for the five homes – four 4-bedroom and one 3-bedroom – on Pier Road was secured on the 16th of December.
One of the 14 conditions attached stipulates that a minimum of 20% of the houses be restricted to use as a house by those who can demonstrate the ability to preserve and protect the language and culture of the Gaeltacht.
County planners add that details of the standard of Irish to be achieved, and method of evaluating same, will be agreed in writing.
Hunt on for Galway winner of €250 thousand prize bond jackpot
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The hunt is on for the Galway winner of a prize bonds jackpot worth €250 thousand.
It was won in the monthly Ireland State Savings Prize Bonds draw at the end of September.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Anna McHugh of An Post had this advice.
HSE urged to make agricultural land at Toghermore available for local use
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The HSE is being urged to make agricultural lands at the Toghermore campus on the outskirts of Tuam available for local use.
Local councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Health Forum West that it’s a “fine bank of land” lying idle.
Toghermore House currently houses mental health services, which will move to the Old Grove Hospital once ongoing redevelopment of that site is completed.
Councillor Killilea says there’s a significant parcel of agricultural land at Toghermore that local farmers could make good use of.
Over 80% of people in West claim they increased time spent outdoors since COVID-19 hit
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 81% of people in West claim they have increased the time they spend in natural spaces since COVID-19 hit.
The CSO data found that, nationwide, 78% of people say they spend more time outdoors now than in March 2020.
More than half of people surveyed in the West said they discovered a new natural space in that time.
While just 14% said they looked at getting access to a private or shared outdoor space.