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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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Measures to support participants of Community Employment and Tús Schemes welcomed by Galway deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The announcement Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes has been welcomed by Galway West/South Mayo deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.

Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.

This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.

And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.

Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv welcomed this decision saying it will allow people return to work, who could not work during Covid-19, and also allow them to finish courses they were on.

Deputy O’Cuiv said that it will be a relief for those who are on the schemes but added that he would like to see more done.

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Health officials confirm 431 new cases of Covid-19

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This is the highest number of cases in Ireland since the 4th of June when 529 cases were reported.

However, the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to fall with 58 people currently in hospital with the virus.

The number of people in ICU also continues to drop with 22 are in ICU.  The lowest this year and a reduction of 2 on yesterday.

The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation.

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Works to get underway on major extension at Craughwell National School

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Galway bay FM Newsroom – Works are to get underway on a major extension at Craughwell National School in the coming weeks.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says a contractor has now been approved for the project, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete.

The works will consist of a two storey, eight classroom extension, as well as the refurbishment of the existing school building.

Fine Gael Deputy Cannon says the project will be transformative for the school, which has seen a significant increase in enrollment over the last ten years.

Deputy Cannon says the contractor should be moving on site over the school summer holidays.

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