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New Garda HQ on track for completion next year

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The Minister for Justice has confirmed that the new state-of-the-art Garda HQ in Renmore is on track for completion at the end of 2017.

It will include a firing range and training centre for armed detectives and elite specialist units.

The 8,000 square metre building – which will be built at a cost of €15 million – will be a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for the West of Ireland.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has now confirmed that the building will be completed by the last quarter of next year.

Newly-elected TD for Galway West, Hildegarde Naughton said: “This is a very important project for the east side of the city and for the broader region, which will be a significant addition to policing infrastructure and resources in Galway.

“Recent years have seen challenges and changes to policing in this country. As we now enter a period of economic renewal, there has to be increased investment in An Garda Síochána.

“The new Divisional Headquarters is part of that investment and will enhance the capability of the Garda to investigate crime and support the victims of crime,” said Deputy Naughton.

She said the new facility would form part of a “substantially enhanced policing network” in the city, along with Mill Street Garda Station and Salthill Garda Station, both of which will be retained.

The new headquarters will include dedicated victim-support facilities, as well as dedicated units for fingerprinting, crime-scene investigation, custody facilities, and a property and exhibit store.

It will also feature training facilities in the area of firearms and continuous professional development with a view to establishing the headquarters as a centre of excellence for training Gardaí. A firing range and vehicle-testing garage will also be developed on the site at Murrough on the Dublin Road.

The facility will be built over one, four and five storeys and there will also be a 4,000 square metre basement and there will be parking for around 220 cars.

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Glass roof over Latin Quarter among raft of proposals to Galway City Council

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to put a roof over the Latin Quarter – with outdoor heaters to combat Galway’s changeable weather – is among a raft of suggestions that will be considered by the Council as it draws up the next City Development Plan.

The widespread use of outdoor theatre and extended opening hours for retail and cultural attractions are also on the cards as members of the public and lobby groups push for a city that offers the broadest range of tourist attractions.

As part of series of measures put forward to improve the outdoor offering in the city, one submission – which is understood to have been noted by the Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath in his report on plan, which is at ‘pre-draft’ stage – is to put a glass ceiling on the city centre’s main commercial thoroughfares.

Planners are currently considering the proposal as part of more than 500 submissions made to Council in the first public consultation for the document, which will shape development in the city for six years after 2023.

It’s proposed that by covering the length of Quay Street/Latin Quarter in high retractable glass panes ‘mounted on decorative supports’, and installing street heaters, ‘a comfortable outdoor ambiance could be created’.

This is one of almost 50 submissions made in the area of economic development, where the theme of improving the city’s night-time economy and tourism offering feature prominently.

In another submission from Fáilte Ireland, the tourism authority expresses its desire that the next City Development Plan should have a chapter dedicated to tourism, such is its importance to the city’s economic success.

As well as developing Galway’s growing reputation as a ‘foodie destination’, developing the night-time economy is identified as being ‘an important aspect of ensuring a vibrant city centre and means more than just developing a bar and restaurant culture’.
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100 new jobs for Galway City Sports Direct outlet

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The Sports Direct retail giant is set to create up to 100 new jobs when it takes over the former Debenhams department store in the Corrib Shopping Centre.

And the company’s sister outlet Heatons looks set to make a return to the city – possibly in the same building, although management are remaining tight-lipped.

Sports Direct has taken a lease on the Debenhams premises, which has been vacant since before the pandemic, and it will open in June.

“The 65,000 sq ft store will comprise four floors and will consist of Sports Direct, USC and Brand Max. 100 jobs for the store will be created,” a spokesperson confirmed to the Galway City Tribune.

The spokesperson could not confirm that the Heatons brand – which is also owned by English billionaire Mike Ashley – will also be opening as part of the move. The group is currently advertising for staff to work at a new Heatons store in Galway.
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Forty firefighters tackle major blaze at Galway golf shop

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Up to 40 firefighters from across the city and county fought a major fire at the GolfStyle superstore off the Tuam Road for around six hours on Thursday morning.

Gardaí on routine patrol in the Liosbán Business Park shortly before 3am noticed smoke coming from the roof of the building and immediately alerted the fire service.

The building, which was unoccupied at the time, is understood to have suffered major structural and roof damage in the fire that started in the first floor.

At one point, 11 fire engines from the city, Athenry, Loughrea, Carraroe and Gort fought the blaze, using water tankers and aerial ladders, as well as having a command unit in place.

Firemen equipped with breathing apparatus also had to force their way into the building to tackle the source of the fire, that possibly could have been caused by an electrical problem.

The fire was brought under control at around 7.30am, but the Fire Brigade remained at the scene for a number of hours afterwards in case of any secondary outbreak.
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