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Plans for the West’s biggest nursing home on school site

Enda Cunningham

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West's biggest nursing home

Plans for a 30-bed extension to a nursing home on St Mary’s Road – making it the biggest in the West of Ireland – have been lodged with Galway City Council.

The new rooms would help alleviate the chronic shortage of nursing home beds in the city.

The plan involves the construction of a new science and classroom block for St Mary’s School, with the existing science building being taken over by the operators of the adjacent 60-bed nursing home.

With 90-beds, it would become one of the biggest nursing homes in the country, and the biggest in the West.

The application made by St Mary’s College involves:

  • A rear single-storey science and classroom block extension
  • Change of use of the existing Science Building
  •  A three-storey rear extension and two-storey link to St Mary’s Nursing Home

The existing building would be concerted to 10 en suite bedrooms, with a further 20 en suite bedrooms in the rear extension, as well as a two-storey glazed link to the existing nursing home.

“Given that the school is a protected structure, this proposal has taken due care in protecting the integrity and character of the buildings and their surrounds.

“The approach to the overall design and use of materials has sought to ensure that the extension and other works are sympathetic and respect its character and setting.

“The rear three-storey extension was positioned to take advantage of the projecting bays to the end of the existing building and to ensure the historic element continues to be understood.

“The extension is kept separate from the existing and linked with a small glazed link to minimise the connection between old and new,” the application reads.

The new science and classroom block would be a raised, single-storey L-shaped building, which would involve the demolition of two ball alleys and a tractor shed.

The existing €6.7 million nursing home opened in 2011

A decision on the planning application is expected from the City Council in September.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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