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Local senator uses Seanad to highlight issues with planning system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local senator Sean Kyne has spoken in the Seanad of the urgent need to deliver speedier decision making in Ireland’s planning system.

He said the current lengthy time frames – often due to repeat legal challenges – are making many projects highly expensive or in some cases, non-viable.

He pointed out that these delays are not only heavily impacting private applications, but also costing the state and local authorities.

Senator Kyne cited the lengthy process which scuppered the original Galway City Outer Bypass, as well as the controversial planned Apple data centre in Athenry.

He also noted that in the case of housing, it’s making homes far more expensive due to the added cost, as well as impacts on their delivery.

Addressing the Seanad, Senator Kyne accepted the planning process must always be fair – but said a far more efficient system is needed.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.

It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.

The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.

Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.

She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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