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Permission granted for 37 residential units in Roscam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been granted for the construction of 37 residential units in Roscam in the city.
The project at Curragrean is led by Renaissance Property Ltd.
The plan would see the development of a site bounded by Ros Caoin and Boireann Bheag.
It would involve the demolition of an existing dwelling and the construction of 37 residential units.
These would provide a mix of four-bed and three-bed houses, as well as a four to five storey apartment block containing four one bedroom apartments, 11 two bedroom apartments and 2 three bedroom apartments.
City planners have attached 25 conditions.
One states the developer is to pay the city council a contribution fee of almost 344 thousand euro.
Car parking spaces and turning head at the northwest corner of the site are to be redesigned to be more organic and to improve the overall functionality of the communal open space.
Building works are to be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 2pm on Saturdays.

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Hopes assessment for secondary school on Inisbofin will resume following formation of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s hoped an assessment will be carried out on a proposed secondary school on Inisbofin now that a new Government has been formed.

It’s understood officials from the Department of the Gaeltacht and the Islands had previously begun an initial assessment, as part of the Government’s Island Strategy.

However, it was deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest attempt to to establish the first ever secondary school on the island began in January.

There are 13 children currently attending Inisbofin National School who will have to travel to the mainland to receive second level education.

The Inisbofin Secondary School Steering Group says a building has been identified for the proposed second level school – and just three teachers would be needed to staff it.

Spokesperson Pat Coyne says it’s vital the project goes ahead – he believes it could play a major role in regenerating the population of Inisbofin.

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Very slight drop in unemployment across Galway during June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a very slight drop in unemployment in Galway last month.

There are now 10, 710 people without work across the county – a decrease of 50 on the figure for May.

While figures from the CSO also show 24,220 people in Galway were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by the end of last month.

In Galway City, there was a marginal increase of 6 people on the live register last month – leaving the total without work at 5,277.

There was also a slight increase of 18 people in Ballinasloe, with 1,154 people now on the live register in the East Galway town.

While Loughrea also experienced a slight rise in those out of work, from 1,127 in May to 1,138 last month.

Elsewhere, there were decreases in unemployment during the month of June.

In Clifden, the figure was 744, a drop of 23 people compared to May.

Further south, the number of unemployed people in Gort now stands at 775 – a drop of 7 people.

While in Tuam, the live register decreased by 55 people – finishing up at 1,622 last month.

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Scenes of large crowds outside pubs described as “worrying”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Scenes of large crowds gathering outside pubs last night have been described as “worrying”.

Images on social media show dozens of people outside bars and pubs in Dublin city centre and elsewhere nationwide.

It’s been months since many places have opened – and Gardai will continue spot checks today to make sure guidelines are being followed.

Professor Catherine Motherway, former President of the Intensive Care Society, says everyone needs to play their part to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile in England, a poll has found more than half of voters think the hospitality sector reopened too early.

It’s after pubs and restaurants there welcomed back customers yesterday for the first time since March.

The head of England’s Police Federation says it’s “crystal clear” drunk people can’t or won’t socially distance.

But British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, believes the majority are doing the “right thing”…

To hear more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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