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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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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.

Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.

A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.

Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.

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1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.

18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.

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Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.

Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.

However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.

Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.

Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.

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