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Proposed Connemara marine park highlighted in new Gaeltacht strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new strategic development plan for the Gaeltacht has highlighted a proposed Marine Industries Park in Connemara as a key development.
Pairc na Mara, which would be located at Cill Chiaráin, is a cornerstone of the plan published by Udaras na Gaeltachta.

The proposed Marine Industries Park in Cill Chiaráin has been in the pipeline for some years and its importance in the Údarás na Gaeltachta plans is highlighted in a new 3 year strategy.
Marine based industries such as aquaculture and seaweed form the basis for the plan with research and development facilities included.
However, the Marine Park faces immediate obstacles as planning permission given for preliminary work and offices has been appealed to an Bord Pleanála by the group, Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages.
A decision on this appeal is due in mid August and the outcome could be a key factor in whether or not the Marine Park will take shape as proposed.
The Údarás strategy has a focus on enterprise, innovation and the Irish language with a shift towards apprenticeships and industry related training.
Údarás CEO, Micheál Ó hÉanaigh says that this emphasis on specific training for newer industries has the potential to be very beneficial in the Gaeltacht.

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Galway Residents Eligible For A Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Will Begin Receiving Appointments Next week.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: People living in Galway who are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination will begin receiving their appointments next week.

The HSE will start offering third dose appointments to people with compromised immune systems from Wednesday.

The booster shots will start to be administered from next Friday.

NIAC recommended earlier this month to offer booster mRNA vaccines to immunocompromised people over the age of 12.

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Restored Meelick Weir and Walkway To Be Officially Opened

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD and Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will be in South Galway later today.

They will officially open the restored Meelick weir and walkway in Meelick, Eyrecourt.

The ceremony will take place at noon when they will be joined by Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland, John McDonagh.

The weir was damaged in severe storms in 2009 and again in 2015/2016, when the walkway was also damaged and was subsequently closed.

Work on the three million euro Waterways Ireland project began in 2017 and included the restoration of the weir, its 300 metre walkway and tilting weir gates.

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Accommodation Crisis Sees Huge Response To Potential New Bus Service For Galway Students Attending Limerick Colleges

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Athenry Bus Company says it’s had a huge public response to its plans to start operating a new bus route to the three colleges in Limerick as the accommodation crisis impacts.

Farrells of Athenry posted a social media post asking people to register their interest in a potential new route going from Loughrea to Athenry and on to the University of Limerick, LIT and Mary Immaculate College.

It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are currently on waiting lists for student accommodation with the Union of Students stating that difficulties accessing a place to stay are worse than ever.

Manager of Farrells of Athenry Bus Company Fergus Farrell says the accommodation crisis has created an immediate need for other options for Galway students hoping to study at campuses outside the county.

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