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Plans approved for retail development in Tuam despite appeal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has approved plans for a retail development on the Cloontooa Road in Tuam.
The higher planning authority has given the go-ahead despite an appeal from RGDATA who argued the development would have a negative impact on the established town centre.
The plans by applicant Regalview (Tuam) Ltd include a supermarket unit and two retail units with associated site access and carparking.
Galway County Council had granted permission for the development in February.
However RGDATA lodged an appeal and argued that it would have a profound negative impact on the existing designated and estabished town centre.
The body also stated that it does not adhere to the principles and provisions of the Retail Planning Guidelines and the policies and objectives set out in the County Development Plan for 2009 to 2015.
An Bord Pleanala has now granted permission for the project with 18 conditions attached.
It concluded that the development would not seriously injure the amenities of the area and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.

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Excel Recruitment announce jobs boost for Galway office and region

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – Excel Recruitment has announced 10 jobs for its Galway city office, while it’s also recruiting for 120 other opportunities in the region.

The company is adding 100 office jobs across its five locations nationwide.

While in the wider Galway region, Excel is recruiting staff for temporary and permanent positions on behalf of other employers.

Founder and chief executive, Barry Whelan, explains the company’s plans:

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Galway public share concerns on knife crime

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public have been sharing their concerns about knife crime in Galway City.

It’s as figures show there were almost 400 incidents recorded by Gardaí in Galway since 2016.

Nationally, there’s been an increase of around 60 percent in knife crime during that time.

David Nevin spokes to members of the public to ask if they were concerned about the figures.

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Plans lodged for significant windfarm near Maam Cross

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a significant new windfarm near Maam Cross.

The Tullaghmore Wind Farm project would be based on lands 6km east of Maam Cross and 9km west of Oughterard.

Led by EMPower, the project would be six turbine, with an overall height of 185 metres.

It’s estimated the windfarm would generate enough electricity to power almost 22 thousand Irish homes.

County planners are due to make a decision in March.

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