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Plans lodged for 165 new homes on west side of Galway City

Enda Cunningham



Separate plans have been drawn up for the construction of 165 new homes on two adjoining sites on the western side of the city.

An application has been submitted directly to An Bord Pleanála for a €27 million development which involves the construction of 101 new homes – 46 houses and 55 apartments – on a 6.4-acre site at Letteragh opposite the Sliabh Ríoga development.

Separately, an application has been lodged with Galway City Council to develop 25 houses and 39 apartments on an adjoining site.

Burkeway Homes has lodged the application for the 101 homes under Strategic Housing Development legislation, which is designed to expedite the planning process for larger housing proposals.

The houses will be a mixture of three and four-bed terraced; three and four-bed semi-detached and four-bed detached houses, as well as one, two and three-bed apartments.

The development also includes a childcare facility with four playrooms and space for 42 children, as well as an indoor tenant facility and parking for 170 cars.

Proposed open areas on the site include an outdoor gym, courtyard garden, formal garden and play area, ball game area and ‘secret garden’.

“We have strived to provide excellent quality apartments with good prospect and aspect and light, out view is that these should be the ‘best in class’ apartments. To this end, we have considered providing tenant facilities within the scheme, these facilities include a gym, bicycle store, storage rooms and bin stores.

“We have provided additional storage for the apartments at the ground floor which can be allocated where required. The scheme also includes four managed parcel drop areas for parcel deliveries when the residents are not available,” the application reads.

An agreement in principle has been reached to transfer ownership of 10 units (four houses and six apartments) to the City Council to comply with social housing requirements.

A Natura Impact Statement included with the application reads: “It is considered that the proposed housing development will not result in the loss of habitats and species of ecological significance and will not have any significant impacts on the biodiversity of the wider area.”

The application also notes that “the character of the area is becoming increasingly urban in nature with emerging residential development and the addition of the N6 Galway City Ring Road to the north west of the application site”.

Planning applications for housing developments of more than 100 residential units or 200 student bed spaces can be made directly to An Bord Pleanála following initial consultations with local authorities.

Under the legislation, applications are decided within a 16-week time period, and members of the public now have five weeks to make a submission directly to the Board.

Separately, an application has been lodged with the City Council to construct 64 new homes on an adjoining site on the Letteragh Road.

Centento Ltd – which is headed by Shane O’Connor from Barna – has sought permission to build 25 two, three and four-bed houses, as well as 39 one, two and three-bed apartments in four separate three-storey blocks.


Good luck England ! – as the poster and I screamed ….




Mark Gardiner

Mark Gardiner, our man in Japan for the Rugby World Cup

Excitement has been building all week and even though Hiroshima isn’t a host city we are still getting a fair share of rugby fans passing through.  Since last Saturday I’ve noticed some Irish fans coming into the pub, people who have arrived to take in some of the sights of Japan and then head off to take in the some of the pool matches.

There’s been some from Wexford, Mayo, Roscommon, Kerry, Laois, Dublin and Donegal but none from Cork yet!  All of those fans will now be making their way to Yokohama which is situated right next to Tokyo and around 4 hours on the bullet train from Hiroshima.  I’m giving the first two games a miss and will wait for Ireland to move closer to my adopted home city.

The Russia game will be held in Kobe, just one hour away, so I’ll be going to that with my son Tom on the eve of his 10th birthday.  More accustomed to going to baseball games together hopefully he’ll see a try fest and enjoy a very different sporting atmosphere.

Earlier in the week, my Guinness rep walked in looking proud as punch to present me with five big Guinness posters for the rugby. As I unrolled one I couldn’t believe my eyes!  [See poster below.]   He couldn’t understand so I told him it was like having a Kirin beer poster with “good luck Korea” on it. He got the message pretty lively!

For some reason, the big story here is how much beer rugby fans drink.  They’re very wary about bars, restaurants and stadiums running out so there have been numerous articles in papers telling landlords to order twice the norm.  I had the local newspaper calling me yesterday almost begging me to tell them that I’d ordered way more beer than I normally would.

Tonight we have the opening game at 19:45 local time so hoping to get a good crowd into the pub for that.  I will try and post some photos in the next few days. A big win for Japan is probably vital in order to catapult the tournament into the mainstream consciousness so hopefully, they won’t disappoint.

If anyone reading this plans to come out, there is a great forum on Facebook “Irish Rugby World Cup Japan Forum” or you can contact me on the Molly Malone’s Hiroshima Facebook page. Fingers crossed for Sunday.

Follow Mark Gardiners World Cup Diary here and on the Galway App.

Mark Gardiner is a former Galway resident now resident in Hiroshima, Japan where he owns and operates Molly Malones Bar.

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More than 70 kids under 12 in Direct Provision in Salthill

Enda Cunningham



The Eglinton Direct Provision Centre in Salthill

Galway City Tribune – More than 70 children under the age of 12 are living in a Direct Provision Centre in Salthill, figures from the Department of Justice show.

The Eglinton can house up to 210 people who are either seeking asylum or have been granted refugee status but have been unable to secure alternative accommodation.

The statistics show that the Salthill centre – which is for families and single females – has 77 residents under the age of 18.

Of these, 35 are aged four or under; 37 are aged between 5 and 12; and five are between 13 and 17 years of age.

Direct Provision is big business for service providers – figures show the companies behind Galway City’s two centres earned more than €77m since 2000. Last year alone, the Eglinton made a profit of €520,000.

The Great Western House centre off Eyre Square is for single males only, and there are currently no people under the age of 17 resident there. That centre has a maximum occupancy of 162 people.

Between both centres in Galway, there were a total of 359 occupants at the end of July.
This is a preview only. For extensive coverage on Direct Provision in Galway, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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Drop in water quality ‘not related to cruise ships’

Dara Bradley



Galway City Council – Local authorities have rejected a suggestion that visiting cruise ships are dumping sewage into Galway Bay causing a deterioration in water quality.

At a City Council meeting, concerns were raised about the frequency with which warnings were issued this Summer, advising people not to swim in Salthill and Ballyloughane beaches.

Councillor John Connolly highlighted the issue, and was particularly concerned about the number of no swim notices and advisory notices warning about water quality, which were issued this year in the city.

Cllr Donal Lyons suggested that there was a view out there that one particular advisory notice regarding water quality in Salthill was issued soon after a cruise ship had left the bay.

He alluded to the link between cruise ships in the bay, and a subsequent deterioration in water quality, which has been the subject of social media commentary.

The Council’s Senior Executive Engineer in the Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity Department, Carmel Kilcoyne, acknowledged that that was the “rumour” out there but “it’s not true”, she said.
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