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Oral hearing to take place following objections to 100 million euro Galway Docks development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An oral hearing is to take place following objections to a 100 million euro development at Galway Docks.
It’s after several appeals against the 100 million euro development described the proposed project as ‘overbearing,’ ‘unsustainable’ and ‘premature.’
A decision on the appeals was due tomorrow – but An Bord Pleanala has confirmed to Galway Bay fm news that an oral hearing is set to take place.
The future of the Bonham Quay plan hangs in the balance, as four appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala against the City Council’s grant of permission.
The 100 million euro development would create a 26 thousand square metre office complex and public square in the heart of the city – that could accommodate almost 3 thousand workers.
The building of the complex across Dock Road, Queen Street and Bothar na Long by Gerry Barret’s company Edward Capital would also create 500 construction jobs.
In one appeal, An Taisce argues the proposed development’s lack of residential content contravenes the city development plan – and would also restrict public access to the waterfront.
It also claims the development is premature given the long term plans for Galway Harbour.
In a separate appeal, two residents of an apartment block at Forthill Street say the proposed project would be overbearing, and lead to overlooking and overshadowing of existing properties.
A third appeal by a Renmore resident outlines ten reasons why the project should be sent back to the drawing board.
These include concerns over sustainability and the lack of a master plan for lands around Ceannt Station and the inner harbour.
Finally, a fourth appeal by VP Motors Ltd at Forthill Street raises concerns over encroachment onto the company’s property, and right of way.
However, the car sales and rental firm says it is not objecting in principle to the proposed development.
An oral hearing is to be held to help the higher planning authority come to a decision on the development – and a date will be set shortly.
It’s not yet known if the hearing will also cover a proposed student accommodation development at the same location.

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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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