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Local objection to Newcastle Supermacs outdoor seating

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A decision by the City Council to allow Supermacs to keep an outside eating area at its Newcastle branch has been objected to.

An appeal against the decision has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

City planners had granted Supermacs planning permission to keep changes to the front of the building.

It includes advertising signage, the realignment of a pedestrian walkway and the removal of car spaces.

It also includes the provision of an outdoor seating area with tables and chairs and windbreakers at Supermacs Newcastle.

Strict conditions were imposed on the outdoor seating area by planners.

However, this is not sufficient for one local, who has lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

An Bord Pleanála is expected to make a decision on the outdoor seating area for Supermacs in Newcastle in November.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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