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.
Measures to support participants of Community Employment and Tús Schemes welcomed by Galway deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The announcement Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes has been welcomed by Galway West/South Mayo deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.
This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.
And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.
Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv welcomed this decision saying it will allow people return to work, who could not work during Covid-19, and also allow them to finish courses they were on.
Deputy O’Cuiv said that it will be a relief for those who are on the schemes but added that he would like to see more done.
Health officials confirm 431 new cases of Covid-19
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
This is the highest number of cases in Ireland since the 4th of June when 529 cases were reported.
However, the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to fall with 58 people currently in hospital with the virus.
The number of people in ICU also continues to drop with 22 are in ICU. The lowest this year and a reduction of 2 on yesterday.
The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation.
Works to get underway on major extension at Craughwell National School
Galway bay FM Newsroom – Works are to get underway on a major extension at Craughwell National School in the coming weeks.
Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says a contractor has now been approved for the project, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete.
The works will consist of a two storey, eight classroom extension, as well as the refurbishment of the existing school building.
Fine Gael Deputy Cannon says the project will be transformative for the school, which has seen a significant increase in enrollment over the last ten years.
Deputy Cannon says the contractor should be moving on site over the school summer holidays.