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Locals insist on pitches for new Oranmore development



Locals are insisting that playing pitches be included in the planned new housing estate in Oranhill, which will increase the population of the area by 50%.

County councillors have been lobbied by residents on the outskirts of Oranmore to complain about the lack of sports and playing fields contained in the plan for 212 homes.

They described as “incredible” and “shocking” the admission from Council officials that there would be no community gain element in the project, which was a private development.

The application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála under new ‘fast-track’ planning legislation for large-scale developments.

It will include a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as apartments and duplex units, and a creche on a 21.5-acre site at Moneyduff.

Arlum Ltd, which is headed up by Padraic Rhatigan of JJ Rhatigan, has sought permission for the development.

Councillors and the public have an opportunity to make submissions in writing on the proposal up until close of business on July 31.

Galway County Council planner James Russell explained at the latest Oranmore/Athenry Municipal District meeting that this is the third time this fast-track legislation has been used in County Galway – one development in Barna was refused, because of low density, and one in Tuam was granted.

He said that the site, measuring 8.7 hectares is effectively landlocked and to the right of it is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which forms part of the Galway Bay Complex.

There is agreement with the adjacent landowner to get access to the site via a new road, he said.

Mr Russell explained that there was no community gain, like in windmill developments, for example, but 21 of the homes will be handed over to the Council for social housing. These homes will be evenly dispersed throughout the estate.

Some 31% of the homes are to be two-bed units or duplexes; 52% are semi-detached three and four beds; 12% are terraced houses and 8% are detached.

County councillor Martina Kinnane (FF) said it was “incredible” that there was no community gain in the development.

Since 2006, the people of the area have been crying out for amenities and facilities, she said, and this was an opportunity to deliver playing pitches and a community centre along with the creche.

Residents have made it clear that they will not tolerate the homes being built without the road going in first, she said, and there must be a plan put in place for traffic calming if and when the estate is built, she said.

Cllr Jim Cuddy had concerns about the lack of public transport mentioned in the plan, about the lack of shop units, about the lack of public consultation, and the large number of two-beds.

“The quality of life of the people who are going to live there has to be the priority, not density,” he said.

Cllr Cuddy said there were 400 homes in that area already, and this development would bring it to 600 and there needed to be additional amenities provided.

All councillors’ concerns will be submitted in the Council’s report to ABP.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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