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Potential to create 900 jobs in Galway Gaeltacht through renewable energy hub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 900 jobs could be created in the Galway Gaeltacht through the development of a strategic hub in Ros an Mhíl to support the floating offshore wind sector.

Ros an Mhíl has been recognised as a prime location for the development in a report launched in the area today by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue.

The study was commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta and identifies a major opportunity for the Galway Gaeltacht and the wider economy.

Main findings state Ros an Mhíl has the potential to be a strategic hub with an important role to play in supporting the significant pipeline of floating offshore wind on the West coast.

It’s stated the proximity of Ros an Mhíl Harbour to offshore project locations and its potential deep berth provide the opportunity for the cost effective and timely entry into the offshore energy market.

A key focus is also the finding that Ros an Mhíl benefits from a significant land bank adjacent to the proposed 12 metre deep-water berth, under the ownership of both Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Department.

Mark de Faoite is Director of Enterprise, Employment, Property & Engineering at Údarás na Gaeltachta – he says six wind farms would be needed with three already in planning – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Green light for hostel and retail unit at site of Tonery’s pub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been approved for a hostel and retail unit at Tonery’s pub in Bohermore.

The application is led by Peadar Tonery and would be located at Tonery’s pub at 144 Bohermore.

The project will see the demolition of the existing pub and adjoining shed and the construction of a hostel development.

This is to be built over three floors over ground floor level and two floors below ground floor level comprising of 163 rooms.

The plan also provides for a retail unit as well as public realm and landscaping works including pedestrian linkages and cycle parking spaces.

City planners have attached 24 conditions.

One states the developer is to submit a mobility management plan to the transportation section for written agreement.

Another states prior to the occupation of the ground floor area designated as retail, precise details of the nature and extent of the selected use is to be submitted to the planning authority.

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Approval granted for new Connacht/Ulster Technological University integrating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been granted for the establishment of a new Technological University for the West and North-West that will integrate GMIT.

The green light from Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will see the amalgamation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance – GMIT, Letterkenny IT and Sligo IT.

The new TU will offer almost 600 academic programmes from pre-degree to doctoral level to a student population of over 20 thousand students across eight campuses.

Announcing the approval today, Minister Harris said it will increase access to college, lead to enhanced regional development and boost local opportunities.

Galway West Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a milestone day for the entire region.

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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