Galway Bay fm newsroom – A derelict site on the Athenry Road in Loughrea may be transformed into a green field amenity.
At this month’s meeting of the Loughrea Municipal District, councillors said the site near the Loughrea Hotel and Spa at the entrance to the town has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
The 1.5 acre plot of land became derelict after a proposal to build a swimming pool on the site was abandoned.
Councillor Pat Hynes expressed concern about a lack of fencing around the field, and says it needs to be re-seeded and used as a park or green space.
Director of Services Jim Cullen says he will bring the issue to the council’s corporate services section to have the site levelled and tidied.
Cathaoirleach Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher says councillors are expecting an update on plans for the site in the coming weeks.
Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin
Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.
The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.
She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.
A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.
Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.
The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.
It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.
However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.
Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year
Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.
874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.
Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.
The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.
The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.
Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.
That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.