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Residents up in arms over plan for 58 housing units

Declan Tierney

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The development of a 58 residential unit estate on the outskirts of Tuam is being strongly resisted by local residents who say that it would be out of character with dwellings in the immediate area.

It has been argued that the proposed development off the Galway Road in Tuam, which includes seven blocks that include apartments and a mix of two-, three- and four-bed houses, is not appropriate to the surroundings.

The site is located to the rear of a number of long established houses on the Galway Road out of Tuam and three local residents have opposed the development in written submissions to the County Council.

Planning permission has been sought by Evolution Developments Limited for 58 residential units – these include 14 two-bed apartments, five blocks of terraced housing along with eight semi-detached houses at Killaloonty, Weir Road, Tuam.

Residents are concerned that the scale of the proposed development will result in overlooking on their properties while some question the legal entitlement to build on part of the site.

Most of the houses adjoining the site are single-storey bungalows and it is claimed that when the new development is completed the homes will be double the height of these houses.

It is also claimed that there is a lack of details on the planning file with regard to boundary walls and the residents have pointed out that there has been no consultation by the developers.

The housing plan by Evolution Developments, which is headed up by Mike Pender formerly of the Kenny Group, involves the demolition of an existing derelict house and outbuildings on the site and the provision of a mixed residential scheme.

One of the submissions is from Engineer Dwayne Higgins on behalf of local resident Sean O’Connell of Galway Road, Tuam. He said that the site layout is poorly configured and described the residential element as being of poor design.

He also said that the junction of the N17 with the Weir Road is deficient and there could be “capacity issues” if the new development gets the go-ahead.

It is said that there are issues with width and alignment of this particular junction. Galway County Council proposed an inner relief road linking the Weir Road to Ballygaddy Road but this had not happened.

It is suggested that any new residential development of such a substantial nature is premature pending the upgrading of the road infrastructure as proposed under the Tuam Local Area Plan.

There is also opposition to the development from other Galway Road residents who are backing onto the site, namely May Gibsey and Mary O’Neill.

The County Council has sought further information on the plans.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

Denise McNamara

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

Denise McNamara

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

Dave O'Connell

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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