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Plans for major expansion of Jury’s Hotel in city delayed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for the major expansion of a hotel in Galway city have been delayed.

Jury’s Inn Hotel at the Spanish Arch received planning permission in December for a new wing.

The extension would include 89 additional bedrooms, a restaurant and bar at ground floor and a roof level plant area.

The construction would see the creation of a new wing facing onto the River Corrib with works taking place to the existing four storeys of the hotel.

Three appeals have now been lodged over the planning permission.

Environmental agency, An Taisce has appealed the decision on the grounds that the development would compromise the integrity of nearby archaeological site.

Another appeal was lodges by the owners of the adjacent multi-storey car park over fears that the expansion of the hotel will affect the future development of the car park.

While a third appeal was submitted by the owners of Costa Coffee over fears that construction would affect the structural condition of their property.

An Bord Pleanala will make a decision in May.

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Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton misses out on bid for Ceann Comhairle post

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seán Ó Fearghail has been re-elected as Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil.

The Fianna Fáil TD saw off Roscommon/Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten by 130 votes to 28.

Deputy Denis Naughton earlier addressed the Dail in his bid to become Ceann Comhairle stating Ireland needs an effective and questioning parliament.

In the next hour voting will begin to elect a Taoiseach, with no candidate likely to be successful.

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Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten addresses Dáil in bid to win Ceann Comhairle post

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton has addressed the Dail in his bid to become Ceann Comhairle stating Ireland needs an effective and questioning parliament.

The Dáil is sitting for the first time since the election with the names of all the TDs now having been read into the record of the house before the Ceann Comhairle is elected.

It’s a straight contest between the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Sean O’ Fearghail and Independent former Minister Denis Naughten.

The secret ballot is now underway.

Addressing the Dáil prior to the vote, Deputy Naughton said it’s becoming increasing more difficult to get straight answers to straight questions in the Dail.

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Eamon O’Cuiv suggests independent person may be needed to progress government formation talks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv has suggested an independent person may have to become involved in government formation talks if there is no end to the political deadlock.

It comes as the Dáil sits for the first time since the election later with no-one likely to be elected Taoiseach.

First the names of all the TDs will be read into the record of the house before the Ceann Comhairle is elected.

It’s a straight contest between the outgoing Ceann Sean O Fearghail and independent former Minister Denis Naughten.

That’ll be done by secret ballot and once completed the nominations for Taoiseach will start.

Mary Lou McDonald, Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will all be put forward as candidates but no one is likely to be elected.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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