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Oral hearing told 100 million euro docks development would ease Galway’s housing crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The oral hearing into a proposed 100 million euro development at Galway docks has been told that the project will help to ease Galway’s housing crisis.
The hearing is taking place at the Clayton Hotel this week after a number of appeals were lodged with An Bord Pleanala after the City Council’s decision to give the project the green light.

This afternoon, the An Bord Pleanála hearing at the Clayton Hotel has been told that the disputed office and mixed use development needs to be considered as part of a wider framework which includes a separate application for a major student accommodation development.
The developer has told An Bord Pleanala Inspector Brid Maxwell that the 30% requirement for residential accommodation is fulfilled when the two applications are viewed as part of an overall framework for the Bonham Quay site.
Bonham Dock Ltd says this would ease Galway’s housing crisis by freeing up rental accommodation across the city.
During an opening presentation at today’s hearing, An Bord Pleanala has heard that the project would be akin to Dublin’s IFSC.
Representatives for Bonham Docks Ltd have said the project would result in the regeneration of a derelict, brownfield site which hasn’t been used in years and could be opened up to the public, and to major investment opportunities by addressing Galway’s shortage of office space.
The hearing has also today heard that public transport users and cyclists will be prioritised over private cars to minimise the traffic impact.
The mixed use development, which will include four 7 and 8 storey office blocks, would have a commuter centre and around 3 times more bike parking than car parking.
The developer Bonham Dock Ltd says it’s following trends in other cities, where employees are becoming more likely to request showers and bike parking than a car parking space.
Day one of the hearing today has been dominated by evidence from the developer’s representatives.
Tomorrow, it’ll likely focus on the appellants, who’ve raised a variety of concerns about the Bonham Quay plans.
The oral hearing will resume at the Clayton Hotel at 10 tomorrow morning.

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1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”

“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”

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City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.

“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.

Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.

The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.

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200 submissions received on proposal for expansion of Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 200 submissions have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour.

The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner dock area.

The plan sets out to deliver a sustainable urban living quarter with a key focus on public realm space.

Proposed public amenities include cross-city walking and cycling routes, cultural and event spaces, recreational water sport facilities and a re-imagined street network.

The project, in conjunction with the proposed port extension, aims to expand the city to the water’s edge while future proofing the port as a transport and renewable energy hub.

A six week public consultation process opened in May with 198 submissions received by the closing date.

Presentations were also made to 20 separate stakeholders groups.

Conor O’Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company has welcomed the high level of engagement and submissions made by the people of Galway which he says will inform plans for the development of the inner dock lands.

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