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Roscahill windfarm proposal designated as strategic infrastructure

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a windfarm in Ardderroo near Rosscahill have been deemed to be strategic infrastructure.
An Bord Pleanála has made its initial decision on the process to be adhered to following a pre-application consultation.
The applicant’s former plan for a 29- turbine development was refused by An Bord Pleanála in December 2015.
The company then resubmitted a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála on fresh plans for the Ardderoo develoment.
As part of the initial stage, the higher planning authority had to decide whether the project is considered to be strategic infrastructure.
Under legislation introduced in 2006, windfarms with more than 25 turbines, or with an output of 50 megawatts are deemed strategic infrastructure.
The Board decided that the proposed windfarm in Rosscahill is strategic infrastructure generall in accordance with the inspector’s reasoning and recommendation.

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Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.

The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.

There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.

The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.

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Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.

Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.

Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.

While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.

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Galway Traveller Movement to protest at city council meeting next Monday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Traveller Movement is set to protest at Galway City Council meeting next Monday.

It follows comments made during an interview on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme by councillor Michael Crowe, which he has since apologised for.

GTM is calling for the full protection of the Traveller community against inequality and discrimination by all elected representatives.

The movement is inviting the public to join them at 1:30pm outside the city council building on Monday, or to formally write a complaint to the Fianna Fáil Party and city council.

Joanna Corcoran works at GTM and is a member of the Traveller community:

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