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Objection to Tuam Road restaurant becoming betting office

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Plans to change a restaurant at the Tuam road in the city into a betting office are facing opposition.

Emilie Linnane had been given planning approval to change the restaurant at The Trappers Inn into a bookies.

However, this decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

It’s expected to make a decision before August.

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County Councillors back plans to lease part of Galway Airport to film group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of continuing contacts and negotiations with a film production company that wants to go into business at the Galway Airport site in Carnmore.

However, a substantial number of Councillors insisted that arrangements would have to be made with the Galway Flying Club so that the Club could continue using the facilities at the Airport location.

There was broad support from Councillors for the plan by the Danú company from Spiddal to set up in Carnmore. Galway City Council have previously backed the project.

Councillor P.J. Murphy was among those who said that the Connemara Gaeltacht is a good example of what can be achieved in film and television production. Karey McHugh said the project could give Galway natives trained in media and film an option to work at home.

Councillor Jim Cuddy said the Galway Flying Club facilities had to be protected in Carnmore and added that a masterplan for the site is needed.

Councillor Declan Geraghty warned against abandoning the aeronautic facilites at Carnmore like railway lines were abandoned in the past.

Director of Services, Liam Hanrahan, said that the basic airport infrastructure would not be lost and that Councillors would be further advised about the ongoing negotiation in the coming months.

The initial investment – if a lease is signed with Danú – is put at €3m. with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Western Development Commission included.

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HSE says all maternity units will be compliant with guidelines on partners in coming week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer has said all maternity units will be compliant with HSE guidelines on partners in the coming week.

Dr Colm Henry admitted there has been problems – particularly around infrastructure in some of the units.

Many couples are still reporting not being able to be together during very difficult stages of pregnancy.

The HSE’s Dr Colm Henry says the latest guidelines will be in place across the board within a week.

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Covid incidence rate in city centre 3 times higher than national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The incidence rate of Covid-19 in the city centre is now three times higher than the national average.

The 14-day rate per 100 thousand people in the area is 1,033 – compared to the national average of 344.

Meanwhile, Galway City East is 639 and Galway City West is 528.

Elsewhere, and Connemara South is 370, Loughrea is 357, Athenry-Oranmore is 344, Tuam is 340, Connemara North is 308, Ballinasloe is 285, Gort-Kinvara is 255.

Nationally, the highest 14-day incidence rate is in Co. Donegal – with the Carndonagh local electoral area is over eight times the national average.

Carndonagh’s is by far the highest in the country, at 2,800.

Neighbouring Buncrana is the second hardest hit area in the country, with a rate of 1,476.

That’s followed by Galway City Central, with 1,034, Westport with 958, and Donegal LEA at 955.

New international data has also been published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

It shows Ireland has the seventh highest 14-day incidence rate in the EU – with Cyprus by far the worst, with 1,514 per 100,000 population.

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