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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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.
He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:
Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.
It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.
The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.
Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.
She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.
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