Date Published: 24-Oct-2012
A Connemara campaign group opposed to windfarm plans in the areas of Derrynea and Lettermuckoo has launched an online petition. The group is opposed to plans by Gaoi an Iarthair Teo to build 13 turbines in the area. It’s the second time the firm attempted the project with its previous application involving 27 turbines rejected by An Bord Pleanala. The online petition is now open to the public on www.connemaraagainstwindfarms.com and in Irish at www.conamarainaghaidhfeirmeachagaoithe.com Local campaigner Mary-Ann Coyne says local residents are very concerned and she is asking the public to support the petition. The plans have not yet been submitted to Galway County Council, but extensive consultations have been taking place on a local level about the windfarm application. Gaoi an Iarthair Teo says if it gets the go-ahead, the 13 wind turbine farm would generate enough electricity for over 30 percent of the housing in Galway. Brian Keville of consultancy firm McCarthy, Keville and O’ Sullivan of has moved to reassure local residents that the project would bring a serious economic boost to Connemara.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.