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Park & Ride call for Parkmore workers



A Galway West TD has called for the introduction of a dedicated Park and Ride facility for workers in Parkmore in a bid to alleviate traffic chaos there.

Each evening, thousands of workers spend up to 90 minutes in their cars attempting to leave the carparks in the business park.

Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said Ballybrit racecourse would be an ideal location for a Park and Ride.

She said the traffic situation continues to worsen, and short-term solutions are urgently needed.

“I am at a loss to know why a dedicated Park and Ride or Park and Stride facility cannot be offered for the sole use of commuters working in Parkmore.

“The nearby racecourse, with its enormous potential, could be explored. Such a move would remove much of the traffic from the Parkmore Road and allow commuters to either walk or take a bus to the business park.

“No matter the ultimate location for such a service, Galway City Council and the business leaders in Parkmore should immediately discuss the optimum location for such a service and details of how it might be best delivered.

“While the businesses in the area, the local authorities and the IDA and other concerned parties, have worked hard to put in place plans for future traffic alleviation measures, there is a pressing need for urgent action,” said Deputy Naughton.

She said ‘road rage’ incidents were becoming commonplace amongst frustrated drivers.

“The situation is now so bad in Parkmore that there is evidence of road rage taking place on a regular basis.

“In addition, local estates are now being used as unofficial car parks by employees who, understandably, do not want to spend an hour-and-a-half trying to exit the estate in the evenings,” said Deputy Naughton.

She said other solutions – including a redesign of Parkmore Road and a new access road – are not going to happen immediately.

“While I was successful in securing funding for design and planning work for the Parkmore Road, that work will not happen immediately.

“The IDA investment in a new access road to the park is now held up by an appeal to An Bord Pleanala and will, in all probability, not be completed until the end of the year.

“It is primarily a matter for the local authority. While I accept that they are trying to progress the matter, the thinking is all long term. That does not help those caught up every day in the misery of Parkmore traffic jams.

“There are lives being seriously affected by the stress and anger this issue is causing.

“There are many short term solutions which would not involve thousands of cars trying to enter and exit Parkmore Business Park every day.

“Park and Ride/Stride works very successfully elsewhere when properly planned and delivered. The Council needs to start thinking how to deliver some short term relief as well as planning for the future,” said Deputy Naughton.

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Confusion reigns – but publicans continue serving pints outdoors



Galway City publicans continued this week to serve alcohol in newly created on-street outdoor dining sections – despite warnings from Gardaí that it was against licensing laws.

The local branch of the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) said it is hoping Government will, if necessary, introduce legislation that facilitates pubs serving alcohol in public spaces reclaimed for outdoor hospitality.

On Friday last, our sister newspaper, Galway City Tribune revealed that Gardaí had visited a number of city pubs warning they were not legally permitted to serve alcohol outdoors in temporary on-street seating areas created by Galway City Council.

Publicans were told that if they continued to flout the rules, files would be sent to the DPP.

When the crux subsequently hit the national headlines, Justice Minister Heather Humphreys urged Gardaí to ‘use their discretion’.

“The overwhelming majority of licensed premises are operating safely, and we in Government are determined to continue to support them. If local issues arise, I would urge local authorities, Gardaí and businesses to engage.

“However, I will also examine whether further measures are required from Government. Licensing law is a complex area but I have spoken to the Attorney General this morning and we will take further action if necessary,” Minister Humphreys said.

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Apple plans second bite at Athenry data centre



An artist's impression of the proposed Apple Data Centre.

Apple intends to have another bite at plans to build a data centre in Athenry.  Apple Operations Europe has applied to Galway County Council for more time to construct a controversial data centre on a greenfield site at Derrydonnell.

The company said it will identify “interested parties to develop the project” between now and 2026 to meet global growth in demand for data storage facilities.

It will spark hope in the County Galway town of a revival of the €850 million project that was dogged for years by planning delays and court appeals and was subsequently shelved. It may also attract fresh objections.

The world’s largest technology company was granted planning permission to build a €850 million data centre near Athenry in 2015.

An appeal to An Bórd Pleanála by a handful of local residents was not successful, and the planning appeals board confirmed the local authority’s decision in 2016.

But the company ultimately aborted its plans for County Galway in 2018 after three objectors sought a review of the decision through the courts.

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Mum’s dream holiday turns to nightmare after cancer diagnosis



Julia McAndrew, in hospital in Mexico.

A mother who went to Mexico on a dream holiday to spend Christmas with family is too weak to return home after being diagnosed with advanced cancer.

From the minute Julia McAndrew landed in the South American country, her health took a major downward spiral.

Her son and daughter were shocked when she asked for a wheelchair to make it through the airport.

She and daughter Eliska had flown out to see her son Patrick, who had relocated to Mexico to run an online learning business.

They initially thought she had fallen ill due to the rigours of a 22-hour, multi-stop flight.

But when her stomach problems did not improve and she began to lose a lot of weight and suffered from very low energy, they sought medical help.

This had to be done privately and without the financial help of an insurance company, Patrick reveals.

She was initially diagnosed with anaemia and kidney failure and underwent various treatments, including blood transfusions that appeared to be working.

But three weeks ago, medics discovered that what she had was Stage 4 breast cancer. Julia had cancer a decade ago but was given the all-clear after receiving treatment and a major change in lifestyle.

“It’s returned with a vengeance this time around. It’s spread to her pelvis, ribs and lungs,” reflects Patrick.

The cost of the treatment is $40,000 (€33,000) a month. Her family are hoping to build up her strength enough to endure the long flight home to Oranmore.

They have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise €280,000 to pay for her treatment and in less than a week a phenomenal €36,000 has been donated.

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