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Plans approved for expansion of Newcastle Educate Together school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a major expansion at Galway Educate Together School in Newcastle have been given the go-ahead.
City planners have granted permission with 20 conditions attached.
The plan will see the construction of a two-storey extension at the school on Thomas Hynes Road.
This will include eight classrooms, teacher rooms and a library.
Site works include alterations to Thomas Hynes Road including a new set down area and roundabout.
The development will also provide 32 car parking spaces including accessible parking to land directly east of the existing school.
Of the conditions attached, one states that construction activity is carried out between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays.
Another stipulates that bicycle parking is suitable for school-going children.

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Ballinasloe Draft Local Area Plan goes on public display

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Draft Local Area Plan for Ballinasloe is now on public display.

Written submissions or observations can be made until December 3rd.

The draft plan and associated reports for the period from 2022 to 2028 are available for inspection at the planning office in County Hall at Prospect Hill in the city, at Ballinasloe Library or at Ballinasloe area office.

It can also be viewed online at consult.galway.ie

All submissions received in the consultation period will be taken into consideration before the plan is adopted by Galway County Council.

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Water outage in Maree and Renville

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Households in the Maree and Renville areas of Oranmore are without water supply today.

It’s due to a burst watermain.

Repair crews are onsite.

It’s hoped supply will be restored by this evening.

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Galway city restaurant seeks to legally challenge vaccine pass

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over €60,000 euro has been raised online over the Bank Holiday weekend in support of a Galway city restaurant’s bid to legally challenge the use of the vaccine pass.

A Go Fund Me campaign is now active to support Italian restaurant Il Vicolo on Lower Dominick Street to bring a court action to challenge the ongoing implementation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate on the grounds of discrimination and breach of privacy law.

The cert is used as primary evidence of vaccination or immunity when going into a pub, restaurant, café or food court to access indoor hospitality.

Following public health advice, the government last Friday agreed that the remaining aspects of the hospitality, entertainment and night-time economy sector could reopen only with the continued implementation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate or vaccine pass.

On its Go Fund Me page, Galway city restaurant Il Vicolo argues that due to its refusal to comply with the measure, it has been constantly inspected by HSE compliance officers.

On Saturday, Il Vicolo began an online fundraising campaign on Go Fund Me to become the first business in Ireland to challenge the vaccine pass on the grounds of discrimination and breach of privacy law.

According to their Go Fund Me page, those behind the campaign believe that the pass discriminates against people who may not be able to get a vaccine or who choose not to get a vaccine.

In four days, the campaign raised almost €62,000 in support of plans to mount a legal challenge.

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