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.
Status Yellow rainfall warning issued for Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Galway.
The warning is in effect for 20 counties nationwide – including all of Connacht – and comes into effect for Galway at 6 this evening.
It’ll remain in place until midnight tomorrow.
Met Eireann is warning that heavy rainfall is to be expected during that time, with the potential for heavy downpours locally during shorter intervals.
It’s further advising that there is potential for flooding on already saturated or waterlogged grounds.
Galway TD says children being failed by ‘revolving door’ of social workers at Tusla
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is claiming a ‘revolving door’ of temporary social workers at Tusla is failing children.
Figures revealed to Galway East Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte show the number of agency staff hired by Tusla as social workers has increased by 125 percent since 2016.
However, she says the number of directly employed social workers only grew by 3.8 percent in that period.
Deputy Rabbitte says children are losing out because of a recruitment and retention crisis in the Child and Family Agency.
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Apple puts Athenry data centre site on market
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tech-giant Apple has put a 500 acre site near Athenry – which had been earmarked for an €800m data centre – on the market.
Many see it as the firm finally closing the door on a long-running saga which began several years ago.
Apple first secured permission for an €850m data centre in Athenry in late 2016, but the plan was ultimately abandoned following long-running objections.
In April of this year, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by local residents against the decision to grant permission.
Apple had abandoned the project by this point, and concerns had been raised at national level about the implications of the case on future data centre projects in Ireland.
However, while local residents and politicians expressed hope that Apple may ultimately reconsider investing in Athenry, the tech firm has now put the site on the market.
According to the Sunday Times, the 500 acre plot is advertised by property agents as ‘Data Hub West’, a ready-to-go data centre development site.
It’s reported a sale brochure for the site does not disclose the price being sought, nor mention that it is owned by Apple.