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ONLINE PETITION AGAINST CONNEMARA WINDFARM PLANS

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.

Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.

However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.

 

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Two men before courts over county grow houses

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.

They appeared before Galway Circuit court.

Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.

In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.

Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.

He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.

He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.

He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.

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City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 14-May-2013

Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.

It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.

The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.

The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.

Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.

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