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Minister rules out intervention in Poolboy waste facility controversy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Planning says he won’t intervene in the ongoing controversy over the planned waste transfer facility at Poolboy in Ballinasloe.
Last month, Ballinasloe Councillor Aidan Donohue suggested using rarely-invoked powers under planning legislation to revoke planning permission for the facility.

County planners last year gave the green light to Sean Curran of Barna Waste to develop a waste transfer facility.
However, locals have voiced their strong opposition to the proposal through the collection of hundreds of signatures, and several public meetings.
In response to a letter from district councillors, Minister Eoghan Murphy said it’d be inappropriate to comment or become involved in any planning case.
Minister Murphy says matters of planning are the responsibility of the local authority and An Bord Pleanala.
The Minister’s letter also states that any appellant who is unsatisfied with the final decision is entitled to seek a judicial review from the High Court.
Councillor Michael Connolly says residents will have no option but to go the legal route if the controversial facility gets the green light.

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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Over €23m for active travel projects across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- More than €23m in funding is on the way to connect communities across Galway and make walking and cycling a safe transport alternative

The Government’s Active Travel Investment Programme will fund 64 projects across Galway city and county.

This will include cycling and footpath infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, public transport measures, investment in the Safe to Schools programme and the development of local greenways.

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