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Regional enterprise plan for the West in bid to leverage strengths of region

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new regional enterprise plan for the West will leverage the strengths of the region.

That’s according to Gaeltacht Minister and Galway West TD Sean Kyne who was one of the speakers at the plan’s launch at the PorterShed in the city this morning.

The plan aims to achieve growth of between 10 and 15% and an unemployment rate of within one per cent of the State average.

It’s been drawn up by officials from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with input from a range of organisations including the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and local authorities.

Strategic objectives include building capacity in the life sciences sector, ensuring sustainable growth in tourism, developing the West’s creative sector and realising the potential of the AgTech sector.

Over €7.1 million has been allocated to the West under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund.

The projects being supported include the PorterShed and Galway City Innovation District, the Páirc na Mara Marine Innovation Development Centre in Cill Chiaráin and the BIA Innovator Campus in Athenry.

Speaking at the official launch in the PorterShed, Business Minister Heather Humphreys said collaboration is at the heart of the plan to tackle the new challenges facing the economy – for more on this tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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NUIG marks week of global action on climate change with free lecture series

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway is participating in the global action on climate change with a free lecture series on climate justice.

Climate justice looks at global warming as an ethical and political issue.

The public lecture series aims to hold governments to account for their failure in meeting legal obligation on climate change.

The first lecture of the series will focus specifically on who should take responsibilty for climate justice.

It will be opened by NUI Galway’s President, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh and will feature talks from a number of prominent activists.

The event – which is running alongside key global events such as the Climate Action Summit in New York – will take place tomorrow evening at 6 at the Aula Maxima.

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Three months of delays expected on N84

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists travelling on the N84 Galway to Headford road are being warned to expect traffic delays due to road works beginning tomorrow, Monday.

The works will take place from Ballindooley to Corandulla Cross and between Shrule and Headford over the next 12 weeks.

A telecoms company in conjunction with a national gas provider has applied to Transport Infrastructure Ireland for a road opening licence between Ballindooley Cross and Headford.

It’s to facilitate works to run broadband cabling in the verge along the N84 – connecting into a substation in the Ballindooley area.

The initial phase of the project between the Ballindooley Cross and the Corandulla Barracks is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.

Work between Ballindooley and Clonboo will be carried out from 9.30am and 4.30pm while from Clonboo north working hours are 9am to 5pm.

Independent county councillor James Charity says the restricted working hour should be extended as far as the Corandulla Barracks.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Proposal for major development at Hynes building refused

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal for a major redevelopment at the Hynes building at St. Augustine Street has been turned down by city planners.

The application was led by O’Malley Group (Homes and Developments) Ltd.

The development would have involved a three to seven storey building

It would have seen the demolition of the existing building in the northeast corner of the site known as St. Clare Walk Building and the construction of a new 7-storey building with a new junior library and office reception at ground floor and office use to all upper floors.

An additional three floors would have been built over part of the Hynes building for office use.

There would also have been a single storey extension to the existing library at ground floor of the Hynes building on Augustine Street.

In turning down the proposal, planners state it would represent an over-development of the site and would be contrary to the maximum permitted plot ratio standard.

It’s also stated that the design and visual appearance of the proposed building is considered to provide an overbearing expression onto the streetscape.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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