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NUIG to celebrate remarkable women at special reception

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway will celebrate remarkable women at a special event tomorrow (Mon 7/1) as part of Nollaig Na mBan.
The university’s Women’s Network will host a reception as part of the annual herstory celebrations.
Herstory is a cultural movement that tells the life stories of historical, mythological and contemporary women.
Talks to celebrate Nollaig Na mBan and many remarkable women will be given by NUIG academics.
The event will also discuss plans for an illumination of the Alice Perry Engineering Building on campus later in the year.
Tomorrow’s special reception will take place at the Aula Maxima from 12.15pm to 2p.m

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Galway City Community Network to host virtual AGM

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Community Network will tomorrow host it’s AGM and first monthly meeting virtually (14/4)

The GCCN is a network of 150 community, voluntary and environmental groups in Galway City.

It’s role is to support public and societal participation in policy and decision-making processes and structures.

The AGM at 6.30 tomorrow evening will examine the events and impact of 2020; while the plenary meeting will look at 2021 to date, and what the future holds.

Further information can be found at GalwayCityCommunityNetwork.ie.

Anne Irwin of GCCN says groups across the city have led a tremendous response to Covid-19 over the past year – for more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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Judicial Review lodged over plan for 121 homes in Barna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further setback to long running efforts to build a housing development in Barna after a judicial review was lodged.

The latest plan led by Burkeway Homes had sought to build 121 homes at Trusky East, Trusky West, Freeport and Ahaglugger.

Burkeway Homes secured approval from from An Bord Pleanála in February on their third attempt to progress the development, with construction expected to begin in June.

The board attached 30 conditions to its grant of permission on making its decision in mid-February.

However, a second judicial review challenging An Bord Pleanála’s decision has this week been initiated by a group of neighbouring residents, Heather Hill Management company CLG objecting to the development.

The project dates back to March 2017 when Burkeway Homes acquired the remaining 18 acres of the development lands and began to design a housing scheme.

It’s understood a court date for the judicial review has been set for March 2022.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Burkeway Homes states that further delays to the development could cost the local economy millions as 150 jobs will be placed on hold indefinitely in addition to an investment of €30 million in construction over three years.

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Claims plans for new hospital at Merlin Park “fall far short of what was planned”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised that a long-discussed new elective hospital for Galway will fall “far short of what was planned”.

It follows a recent high-level presentation which focused on new ambulatory – or outpatient – elective only hospital facilities for Galway, Dublin and Cork.

The proposed hospital would be located on the grounds of Merlin Park and was until now widely understood to be a full new elective hospital.

It’s previously been touted as a 200 bed facility with 11 operating theatres that would cater to non-complex, short stay surgeries.

However, Senator Sean Kyne says the latest revelations indicate that it will be a day only facility with no inpatient beds.

He argues this plan is several rungs below a full service elective hospital and is very far removed from what was discussed in recent years.

It follows recent confirmation from the Saolta Hospital Group that a new emergency department at UHG is still years away from being realised.

Senator Kyne says Saolta – which oversees UHG and Merlin Park – isn’t happy with these proposals for Merlin Park – for more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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