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Mayor of Galway says Bonham Docks development would represent major step forward for city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mayor of Galway councillor Pearce Flannery says the proposed 100
million euro development at the Docks would be a major step forward for
the city.
His observation was made at day two of the oral hearing concerning the
development which would create a 26 thousand square metre office complex
and public square in the heart of the city.
The building of the complex across Dock Road, Queen Street and Bothar na
Long is led by Gerry Barret’s company Edward Capital.
Mayor Flannery told the hearing the Bonham Quay development provides an
opportunity to energise the city, bringing vibrancy and new life into Galway.
He said the city has lost big firms such as AirBnB and LinkedIn to
Dublin, while other cities have forged ahead because Galway has been
constrained with development.
He stressed the plan is not about a building but about people, adding that
the project would attract high-volume jobs into the area.
President of Galway Chamber of Commerce David Hickey told the hearing a
lack of Grade A office space places the city at a distinct disadvantage.
He added that from 2015 to date, 60% of IDA backed businesses set up in
the city centre.
Mr. Hickey stressed that the development represents a badly needed
kick-start to the city’s regeneration plan.
Galway City Business Association also made an observation this afternoon
arguing Galway is ripe for development of this nature adding it would have
a substantial economic benefit.
Fianna Fail city councillor Peter Keane also made an observation in
support of the plan highlighting the site represents less than 5% of the
total harbour area.
He told the hearing his practice is based on the fourth floor of the
Queensgate building and he doesn’t feel the planned scale is excessive.
City councilor Noel Larkin addressed the hearing and said the city has
been trying to get an outer bypass for 15 years and a development of this
type is crucial to that type of investment.
Earlier today, An Taisce described the project as an unsustainable,
piecemeal, ad-hoc urban development.
Its submission argued the project needs a statutory master plan in order
to be plan-led and not developer-led.
The group also raised serious concerns over what it described as a lack of
residential content arguing it fails to acknowledge the city’s housing
shortage stating the scheme as designed will only serve itself.
The submission also highlights concerns regarding the scale, height,
design and layout of the scheme which it described as an ‘inward focused
office campus’.
The An Taisce report states the 7 to 8 storey complex will cause
significant visual change over a limited area.
The group also raised concerns regarding the project’s engagement with the
waterfront adding that views to the docks will be poor and overshadowed by
nearby office blocks.
The hearing is expected to conclude tomorrow at the Clayton Hotel.

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RSA child car seat checking service coming to Galway

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The Road Safety Authority is to host a car seat checking service in Galway this month to reduce the amount of child car seats that are incorrectly fitted.

The first event will take place at SuperValu in Barna on December 6th followed by SuperValu in Gort on December 7th.

A final city event will take place in Smyth’s Toys in Galway Retail Park on December 8th, with all events taking place from 10am – 5:30pm.

Aisling Sloyan, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer at the RSA explains how to ensure that a child’s car seat is correctly fitted.

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One of Connemara’s longest running annual community publications has been published

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The Carna/Cill Chiaráin Yearbook, One of Connemara’s longest-running annual community publications, has been published this week.

This year’s edition has a focus on developments planned for the local secondary school in Carna and on a plan for a total upgrading of facilities by the local GAA club. It also features an article on the proposed offshore wind farm at Sceirde Rocks.

The yearly publication is known as Iorras Aithneach and that is the windy peninsula that edges into the Atlantic in the Carna and Cill Chiaráin area. It is a community publication and this year it features one of the most groundbreaking stories since it was launched in 1990.

Nine miles directly west in the Atlantic Ocean there are storied rocks; in English, they are known as the Skerd Rocks but locally there are known as Skeirde. The seas can be fearsome out there but an Australian-backed company known as Corio is ready to invest a billion euros on a wind farm in that windswept ocean.

The company states in this Iorras Aithneach Yearbook that a community fund worth millions will also be available, when, they start producing power.

The project, as planned, would provide power for 350,000 households.

There would be 200 jobs in the construction phase in what would be a major logistical enterprise of the Connemara coast.

2028 is seen as a likely completion date depending on permits.

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Galway-based company named Medtech Company of the Year at national conference

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CERENOVUS, based in Ballybrit, has been named Medtech Company of the Year at national conference held this week in Galway.

Over 500 business leaders gathered together at the Galmont Hotel this week for ‘Medtech Rising’ and the Irish Medtech Awards.

CERENOVUS is a leader in neurovascular care, and works in collaboration with ATU Galway and University of Galway.

Incoming Chair of the Irish Medtech Association, Barry Comerford, oulines Galway’s significant relationship with the Medtech industry,

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