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Residents may consider judicial review over Taylor’s Hill convent

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some local residents at Taylors Hill in the city may consider a judicial review if planning permission is granted to demolish a convent in the area.

Last month, Galway City Council granted planning permission, with 14 conditions attached, to demolish the Dominican Convent at Taylors Hill and build a new one.

However, this decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Local homeowners near the Dominican Convent at Taylors Hill are opposed to the demolition of the convent and the construction of a new convent building.

They claim in an appeal to An Bord Pleanála that the grant of planning permission for the development doesn’t co-incide with the zoning for the area.

They say the new building would interfere significantly with their amenity and that it would be built on land that has been zoned residential not institutional.

The appeal states that in the event of planning permission being granted, they “may consider their options in relation to a judicial review based on the zoning issue.”

An Bord Pleanála is due to make a decision on the plans for the Dominican Convent, Taylors Hill in May.

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EY Ireland expansion to deliver new jobs at Galway base

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – EY Ireland has announced the creation of over 800 jobs nationwide with 210 roles to be spread across its regional offices in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.

The expansion will bring the headcount in EY to over 4,200 across the island of Ireland.

The 414 experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of June next year, while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.

EY Ireland says increasing demand for its services and fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, were key to its decision to expand.

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Access to redress scheme for Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors to be widened

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Children is set to expand the redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes beyond the terms recommended by the commission of investigation.

Women who stayed less than six months in facilities such as the Tuam Mother and Baby home and those resident after 1974 are now set to be included.

With thousands of potential beneficiaries, it’s believed that the scheme could cost up to €800 million.

Minister Roderic O’Gorman is expected to seek Cabinet approval for the redress plan in the coming weeks and according to the Irish Times, the scheme will now include women who spent less than six months in the homes and those resident after 1974.

Plans to broaden the scheme follow controversy over the findings of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.

In its January report, the commission recommended women who spent lengthy periods in mother and baby homes before 1974 should be considered for redress.

It also said women who were in county homes, the Tuam home and those who worked outside the institutions without pay should be eligible.

Minister O’ Gorman stated earlier this year that he hopes to open the redress scheme to applications as soon as possible in 2022.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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