Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is calling for more CCTV in the Athenry/Monivea after a recent spate of break-ins and anti-social behaviour.
Fianna Fail Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn is urging Galway County Council and Gardaí to work together to install more CCTV cameras.
Both Smarties Montessori at Raheen Road in Athenry and the Applegreen service station on Swan Gate were broken into recently.
There has also been break-ins at the Gort na Ri estate and at the Raheen Community pitches changing rooms – where windows were smashed and damage was caused to indoor storage facilities.
Gardai confirmed at a public JPC meeting on Monday night that a gang is targeting rural areas for break-ins.
Councillor Herterich Quinn says this is further proof that more CCTV is needed.
Galway TD calls for additional funding for remote roads before end of year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is calling on the government to allocate additional funding to the Local Improvement Scheme to maintain rural roads before the end of the year.
The LIS allows local authorities to maintain private roads that are not in its charge.
These often include roads to more remote houses and to community infrastructure such as forests, beaches and graveyards.
Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv says such roads can often be a mile long and in many cases are virtually impassable at this time of year.
He argues there are funds available in the Department of Rural and Community Development.
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Almost 600 waiting for psychology appointments in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 575 people in Galway are waiting for a psychology appointment
The figures released under parliamentary questions to Fianna Fail show 935 people are waiting for appointments in the western region which covers Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
Of the 935 people on the waiting list, 394 have been waiting for over a year.
Nationally, over 9 thousand people were waiting for appointments by August 2019 with over 2500 of them waiting for a year or more.
Roscommon/Galway TD Eugene Murphy argues the government pledged 114 assistant psychologists posts for primary care services in 2017, but to date only 55 have been appointed.
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Second attempt to build 58 unit development in Tuam turned down
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has turned down a proposal to build 58 homes in Tuam.
The plan is led by Evolution Development Limited and would be located at Killaloonty.
County planners refused permission for the project earlier this year with concerns over road safety, the impact on the visual amenity of the area and the standard of urban space.
In an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the applicant argued the site has long been acknowledged as suited to a residential development and has been designated as such in successive local area plans.
In refusing, the board stated that due to unresolved design issues in relation to the junction proposed at the entrance of the site onto the Weir Road, it’s not satisfied that it would not result in conflicting traffic movements.
Concerns were also raised about extensive tree removal at the site boundaries.