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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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Man dies following house fire in Moylough

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a house fire in Moylough.

It’s understood the fire broke out at around 5am at a two storey house in the Moate area.

It’s believed the man, who is aged in his 60’s, was living alone at the house.

Emergency services – including several units from Mountbellew and Tuam – remain at the scene this morning.

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25 more cases of Covid-19 diagnosed and one new death confirmed by Department of Health

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,744 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 9th July, the HPSC has been notified of 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,589* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This weekend, we all have an opportunity to exercise, socialise and enjoy life in a safe and responsible way.

“Continue to protect each other using public health advice and encourage each other to make safe choices as we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have all achieved so much through solidarity over the last few months, that effort must not be in vain.

“Please follow public health advice and refer to the guidance if unsure about your environment or plans.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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Calls for City Council to repair leak at Parkavera on Eglington Canal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

There are calls for Galway City Council to repair a leak at Parkavera on the Eglington Canal to prevent flooding in local homes.

It comes as area residents have raised concerns that a broken wall in the canal is posing a serious risk to health and safety.

This week, one resident reported hearing a loud noise which turned out to be a collapsing boundary wall that borders their property and the adjacent public green area.

That’s according to Independent City Councillor Colette Connolly who is calling for an onsite investigation by an engineer and for temporary safety barriers to be installed at the canal.

She says works need to be carried out immediately to safeguard local houses and prevent serious accidents from happening.

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