Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mayor of Galway is to hold a meeting with the Chief Executive of the city council today to discuss planning the City Development Plan.
It comes as An Bord Pleanála overturned a decision of the city council and refused planning permission for a new hospice facility at Merlin Park in the city.
Mayor Niall McNelis plans to meet with the CEO of the council today to see what measures councillors can take to ensure vital facilities are progressed in the future.
Galway Hospice says it’s extremely disappointed with An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse permission for the new 36-bed hospice.
It will now review the decision and may consider sourcing an alternative site for a new hospice.
Peter Butler of An Taisce is one of the objectors who is against a hospice being built at that site in Merlin Park.
Chief Executive of Galway Hospice, Mary Nash says they worked on the plan for the meadow site for almost a decade and no other site was made available to the charity.
Mayor of Galway Niall McNelis says he will investigate how councillors can work on the planning process in the future but people need to continue to back the hospice.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.
She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.
She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.