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Plans for Tuam Anaerobic digestion plant

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Plans for a biogas and anaerobic digestion facility at Airglooney in Tuam have been withdrawn.

The controversial plans were the subject of an oral hearing which took place in Tuam in January.

Galway County Council had originally granted permission to Bernard Hynes for the biogas facility at Airglooney Business Park, but this decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Those opposed to the waste facility expressed concerns about the close proximity of the proposed development to the Clare river, public health, safety and traffic management.

It was argued during the oral hearing that if the project got the go-ahead it could market the Tuam area as a green energy leader.

However, An Bord Pleanála says the application for the digestion plant at Airglooney has been withdrawn.

Spokesperson for Tuam Biogas Concern Group, John Joyce says they are now focusing on a separate similar development which could be planned for another area in Tuam:

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Visiting restrictions currently in place in Galway Clinic

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Visiting restrictions have been put into place in The Blackrock Health Galway Clinic

The clinic confirmed to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that due to the influx of seasonal flu and Covid-19 infection, visiting is restricted throughout the hospital.

This has been done to protect at-risk patients.

Visiting hours at the hospital are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily and only one visitor is permitted to attend per patient with a time limit of 15-20 minutes.

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Speculation is rife in the United States that Marty Walsh is to leave politics

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News is emerging from Washington that Marty Walsh, the son of Connemara emigrants, may shortly be leaving his position in the United States government to take up a powerful advocacy and administrative role in the National Hockey Association of America (NHLPA).

Walsh, a son of emigrants from Carna and Rosmuc, is the secretary for Labor Affairs in the US Government putting him in the eighth position behind the president.

He is also a former Mayor of the city of Boston.

He is also known to be a close personal friend of the president.

It is understood that all members of the player’s union board in the Hockey Association of the United States and Canada endorsed an effort yesterday to recruit Walsh to head their union.

According to sources close to Marty Walsh, details are being discussed.

In terms of money, the deal is very significant – running into millions of dollars per year according to some reports.

Walsh has been in conversation with President Biden in recent days.

It is all a big surprise but Marty Walsh may not be cutting all ties with politics. 

He would be coming back to Massachusetts where he could possibly contest a United States Senate seat in the future.

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Disappointment voiced over the delay to repair Traffic Lights at University Hospital Galway

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Disappointment has been voiced over the delay to repair the traffic lights at Galway University Hospital.

An announcement on the Galway City Council Social Media Pages has confirmed this and has advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area if possible saying that transport and infrastructure staff are aiming to replace the lights by next Tuesday, the 7th.

Independent City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard, speaking this morning, told John Mulligan that while he did accept that lights can break down; he did not accept that it will take five days to repair them.

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