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Objection to Marine Park planning application in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm Newsroom:
An objection to a planning application to the first phase of a marine related industrial park in west Connemara has met with strong disapproval in the area.
The case relates to the development of a Marine Park in Cill Chiaráin, an area that is hit by some of the worst unemployment figures in the country.
Páirc na Mara – the Marine Park – in Cill Chiaráin is seen by Údarás na Gaeltachta as a lynchpin in its efforts to increase employment in areas of Connamara that are badly hit by a lack of jobs.
The first planning application relating to the Marine Park concerns an administrative office.
Billy Smyth, chairperson of the Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages group has lodged an objection to that application
Mr Smyth, who has an address in Shantalla in Galway city, says the office is part of a larger plan which could damage the Cill Chiaráin Bay and the Islands Special Areas of Conservation. He says no complete impact study of the effect salmon farming in the area has been carried out.
In relation to jobs, Mr Smyth claims the Wild Atlantic Way has improved the situation and he points to a range of services in the area.
The objection has been met with strong disapproval locally and a petition in support of the Marine Park is being circulated.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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