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Moycullen health centre and houses get go ahead

Declan Tierney

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Plans to provide a primary care health centre along with almost 50 houses in Moycullen have been given the green night – overturning Galway County Council’s decision to reject the project earlier this year.

An Bord Pleanala granted planning for the development on the five acre site, rejecting the Council’s belief that it would cause a traffic hazard along the main N59 through the village.

The same site was previously earmarked for an Aldi supermarket but those plans were also rejected by Council planners.

However, Baile Bhruachlain Teoranta – headed up by Ronan Barrett of Citadel Corporate Finance – sought permission to develop the 5.2-acre site at Kylebroughlan off the N59 on the western side of the village.

The plans involved the demolition of an existing house and the construction of a two-storey primary care centre as well as 49 homes.

The residential element of the plans involve the construction of 33 three-bed houses; four two-bed houses; six two-bed apartments and six one-bed apartments along with 135 parking spaces.

At the planning stage, Transport Infrastructure Ireland – formerly the National Roads Authority – believed the development would adversely affect the operation and safety of the national road network.

They recommended that a Road Safety Audit be carried out at the developer’s expense and any recommendations be included as an amendment to the application.

County planners refused permission, pointing out that the site is located along the route of the proposed Moycullen inner relief road.

Planners were of the view that the development would  fail to compliment the village   in terms of character and  would have an adverse visual impact on it.

They also stated that the design and layout of the residential element lacked diversity in terms of style, character and housing type and offered individual units limited rear garden or private amenity space and usable public open space.

Planners believed that the plan as proposed would result in a substandard form of development which would seriously injure the residential and visual amenities and depreciate the value of property in the vicinity.

However, this decision has now been successfully been appealed to An Bord Pleanala who ruled that the development would not impact negatively on the proposed Inner Relief Road for Moycullen.

They were also of the view that it would not seriously injure properties in the vicinity or cause obstruction for road users. They did not agree with county planners that it would result in a traffic hazard.

In the appeal, the developers stated that the primary care centre would be located in the village core and would be similar to other such facilities in that are located in towns around the county.

The developers also carried out a road safety audit and said that a pedestrian crossing is to be provided between the local filling station in the village and the proposed development, which is located within a 50 km/h speed limit zone.

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Increase exam grades this Christmas at Kilmartin Educational Services

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Second level students are making the most of their Christmas holidays by attending the ever popular Intensive Revision Courses in Kilmartin Educational Services, Limerick Ennis and online.  These courses are designed for Junior Cert and Leaving Certificate students sitting exams next June 2021 and who want to maximize their grades. Courses will be available onsite and online this year. All courses are taught by experienced teachers, many of whom are state examiners.  Class sizes onsite are limited in line with our Covid-19 health and safety policies 

The courses will provide effective and efficient revision by concentrating on the vital examination topics within a subject. These Intensive One Day Revision Courses are excellent value at €80 per course and are now better value than ever!  All courses run from 9.153.15pm. 

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Due to a policy of limited enrolment on all courses, immediate booking is advisable. This Christmas, give the Gift of Exam Success by booking your revision Courses at Julie Kilmartin’s. Pricing information and timetables are available online at www.kes.ie. To book a place on any course, call Kilmartin Educational Services on 061-444989. 

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Cherish every moment; hug and kiss your loved ones every night

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Happier days…Geraldine Mullan with her husband John and their children Tomas and Amelia.

Last August, GERALDINE MULLAN (née Connaughton) endured an unfathomable nightmare, losing her husband and two children in a crash that she herself was lucky to survive. Here the Williamstown native writes of life since – and how the support of so many has helped her over the last three months.

My husband John was a fan of Bruce Springsteen. In normal circumstances he would be currently enjoying Bruce’s latest album “Letter to You” and taking particular interest in the songs, especially the one entitled “House of a Thousand Guitars” (given John’s love of that instrument).

But these are not normal days and instead it is me appraising the new offering from The Boss and taking poignant note of some of the other lyrical melodies on the album, particularly those entitled “One Minute You’re Here” and “I’ll See You in my Dreams”.

These two songs in particular speak to my situation and have become musical reminders of my beloved departed, my husband John and our children Tomas and Amelia, who were cruelly taken from this world in late August of this year.

Since the tragedy unfolded, I have been surrounded by many wonderful people and wrapped up in their familial and communal embraces, all united in offering me solace, comfort, assistance and no end of love, understanding and compassion.

I stand each day and get through it, in no small part, due to the continuous support you provide to me.

Such is the outpouring and swell of sympathy and empathy alike, and many are the calls, messages, cards, letters, flowers, gifts, acts of service and human kindness which have reached my Moville doorstep, that I am truly overwhelmed, very much humbled and ever-grateful.

I am genuinely appreciative of it all and your love and caring has taken root in my heart and in my head. That being said, I am unable to respond to everyone individually, therefore this is my “Letter to You”, my simple way of acknowledgement and sincere thanks.

You can read Geraldine’s full, heart-breaking letter in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Early Christmas box for 13,500 Galway farmers

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CLOSE on 13,500 Galway farmers should be getting an early ‘Christmas Box’ this week with the final tranche of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) monies being paid out – ‘bang on schedule’, according to Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue.

Back in October, farmers got the 70% advance payment in BPS with a commitment given at the time that the balance would be paid out in early December – balancing payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme are scheduled to commence next week.

Total BPS payments to Galway’s 13,500 farmers come to just over €82 million, according to figures released by local TDs this week, with the average individual payment per farmer working out at just over €6,000.

East Galway TD and Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte, said that the final tranche of the BPS payments was a most welcome one for thousands of farmers across the county after a most difficult year.

“The really important thing about these payments is that they are being made on schedule and they will help a lot of farmers to ‘balance the books’ for 2020,” said Minister of State, Rabbitte.

The Minister for Agriculture also confirmed this week that payments under the 2020 National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme will also commence alongside payment of the 2020 BPS balancing payment – this will also benefit a significant number of Galway farmers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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