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More time allowed to build city housing estates

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Council has granted more time to a developer to build housing estates in Roscam.

O’ Malley Construction applied for the extension of time on planning permission for two developments at Doughiska Roads and Curragrean.

Planning has been extended without conditions until April next year on the houses at Curragrean and until November 2016 on the Doughiska Road development.

The developer said the reason for the delay in completing the projects was due to the economic downturn.

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Government publishes new action plan on bat species commonly found in West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has published a new action plan on the protection and conservation of a bat species commonly found in the West.

The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is found between Mayo and Co. Cork – with considerable pockets in Galway.

The Lesser horseshoe bat is 1 of 9 bat species found in Ireland, but unlike the other eight species, it has a very limited distribution.

It’s found along the west coast, with significant pockets in West and South Galway.

It’s distribution is linked with broadleaved and mixed woodland, and it mainly roosts in roofs of old houses or outhouses, stables or old cottages.

Measures under the new action plan include a range of site specific actions, such as building new habitats, predator-proofing, and repair of existing roofs and windows in existing roosts.

There’ll also be wide landscaping actions, aimed at improving connectivity between and around roosts, and boosting the availability of suitable foraging areas.

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Loughrea councillor demands more support for older people

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Loughrea councillor Declan Kelly is demanding the Government do more to support older people.

The independent councillor wants the Government to increase the income threshold for fuel allowance by €100 a week as well as raising the pension by €20 a week.

Councillor Declan Kelly is criticising the eligibilty process for fuel allowance and says more needs to be done to help older people:

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Minister hopeful for update on Oranmore orthodontist by end of week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister Anne Rabbitte is hopeful there will be an update by the end of the week for patients of an Oranmore orthodontist who has ceased services.

The Minister says the Department of Health are actively involved, and trying to engage in finding a “positive solution”.

It’s after patients of Dr. Anne Hahessy were informed that she’s currently not practicising and is in hospital – and will not be in a position to return to return to practice for approximately 9 months.

The Dental Council of Ireland confirmed that in an order of the High Court, Dr. Hahessy undertook not to engage in the practice of dentistry until steps are taken by the Dental Council.

Speaking to Sally-Ann Barrett, Minister Rabbitte said the Dental Council of Ireland need to issue a strong statement.

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