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Major Oranmore housing proposal refused over goose concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A major housing development planned for Oranmore has been refused planning permission.
An Bord Pleanála has turned down the proposal by Arlum Limited for 212 homes at Moneyduff and Oranhill.
A portion of the planned development in Oranmore would have been designated as social housing.
There were also plans to build a creche at the site but local councillors previously said there was concern about the lack of amenities in the area and a new access road.
The planning application went straight to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing the county council, under new legislation for large-scale strategic housing developments.
The Board has refused to allow the 212 homes be built at Oranhill stating that it’s not satisfied that excluding nearby European protected sites from the Natura impact statement was appropriate.
This is due to the possible use of the development site by the Greenland White-fronted goose, which is a species of Special Conservation Interest for both SPAs.
Also An Bord Pleanála ruled that the Natura Impact Statement doesn’t consider the potential for effects on Special Conservation Interest bird species in the Inner Galway Bay SPA.
Therefore it refused permission for the homes in Oranmore stating that it would contravene the County Development Plan which aims to conserve and preserve European sites and species.

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Lucky Galway ticket holder scoops €50,000 with Prize Bonds

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- This week’s Prize Bond Star Prize of €50,000 has gone to a Galway ticket holder

The number is AWY 814812 and is held in County Galway.

The lucky bond was purchased in 2021.

There were over 4200 prizes awarded in this week’s Prize Bond Draw, amounting to just under 300 thousand euro

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19 new housing posts for Galway’s local authorities

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- 19 new housing posts have been approved for Galway’s local authorities – 13 for Galway County Council and 6 for Galway City Council.

Housing and Local Government Minister Darragh O’Brien has approved the additional council staff for Galway as part of 200 new posts for local authority housing delivery teams across the country.

Minister O’Brien says the allocations have been made to assist Councils in delivering their social housing targets under the Housing for All Plan.

It commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The Minister adds that the Plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced today include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

Housing for All’ has promised to deliver nearly 90,000 new build social homes by 2030 with a focus on the delivery of new build projects.

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Ballinasloe man gets ten years in prison for sexually assaulting and exploiting children.

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Ballinasloe man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually assaulting and exploiting children.

Former RTÉ producer Kieran Creaven, of Adelaide Street in Dún Laoghaire, engaged with them online and also travelled to the Philippines in 2014 where he sexually abused a young girl.

He came to Garda attention after being arrested in Leeds four years ago following a sting operation by a so-called pedophile hunter group.

Speaking outside court, Detective Superintendent Barry Walsh said gardaí work closely with other police forces to bring people like Kieran Creavan to justice:

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