Galway Bay fm newsroom -Debate on the outlook for future development of the county is underway.
Galway County Council is holding a special meeting to discuss the draft county development plan 2015-2021.
The Department of the environment, community and local Government has designated the population target of the county in 2022 at 198,500.
That’s an increase of over 23 thousand on the 2011 census figures.
Objectives of the draft county development plan involve promoting regional development, promoting the Gaeltacht, encouraging inclusive communities and minimizing travel demand and promoting the increase of sustainable mobility.
The hub town of Tuam is a focus for growth, and the plan now includes administrative area of what was formerly Ballinasloe town council.
In terms of infrastructure, the Galway city outer bypass remains a priority project and there is also a specific objective to complete the Galway greenway.
Councillors are now debating the draft development plan and are expected to put forward a number of proposals during the afternoon.
Drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals following peak
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals has dropped by four since yesterday’s high of 143.
There are 129 confirmed cases at UHG today, while 10 patients are being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.
There are 11 COVID-19 patients in UHG’s intensive care unit – while two patients are being treated for the virus in the ICU at Portiuncula Hospital.
Nationally, 202 people are being treated in ICU this afternoon with Covid 19, the highest figure to date.
However the number of people in hospital with the virus has decreased for the first time since Christmas day.
But HSE chief executive Paul Reid says the country’s intensive care units are now well into a surge, and the situation remains concerning – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Ros a Mhíl designated port for Northern Ireland vessel landings
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ros a Mhíl in Connemara has been designated as a port for UK registered Northern Ireland vessel landings.
It’s one of five additional ports nationwide which have been announced by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to join Killybegs and Castletownbere.
Under the new designation, Ros a Mhíl will be able to accommodate landings of fish from vessels under 24 metres.
Since January 1st, the UK is a third country and subject to ‘illegal, Unregulated and Unreported’ regulation and North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission requirements.
Minister McConalogue says the designation of Ros a Mhíl is an important decision, which will allow fishers in small vessels to continue their livelihoods in a safe manner.
Galway Minister believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte says they must reopen so parents have the choice as to whether they want to send their children back to school or not.
It comes as the re-opening of schools for students with special needs on Thursday is in doubt after a teaching union said it has “grave safety concerns”.
There are calls on the Education Minister Norma Foley to now produce an appropriate education plan for children with special needs.
Talks are to continue today ahead of the proposed re-opening of schools on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Minister Rabbitte told Galway Talks she will contact the Health Minister to find out where teachers will be placed on the vaccination schedule.