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Oral hearing on 100 million euro docks development gets underway

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An oral hearing into a proposed 100 million euro development at Galway Docks is getting underway this morning.
It follows several appeals against the development which have described the project as ‘overbearing’, ‘unsustainable’ and ‘premature’.

The future of the Bonham Quay plan hangs in the balance, as four appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanála against the city council’s decision to grant planning permission.
The 100 million euro development would create a 26 thousand-square-metre office complex and public square at the Docks that could accommodate almost 3 thousand workers.
The building of the complex at Dock Road, Queen Street and Bothar na Long by Gerry Barrett’s company, Edward Capital, would also create hundreds of construction jobs.
An oral hearing regarding the offices element of the major project is taking place this week at the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit.
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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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