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Second attempt for new Loughrea filling station and drive-thru

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A second attempt is being made to build a new filling station and drive-thru in Loughrea.
Galway County Council refused to give planning permission to Aidan McGuinness for a forecourt and an electric car charging point near Loughrea Shopping Centre.
That decision is now being appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

The development at Cosmona Loughrea would include a drive-thru restaurant/takeaway units and a restaurant with a kitchen and serving area, waiting area and staff facilities.
County planners turned down two applications relating to the filling station and drive-thru.
They state thatthe traffic movements, noise and general disturbance during night time hours, would depreciate the value of residential property in the area.
They also state that the filling station and drive-thru would conflict with the existing parking spaces and traffic circulation areas at Cosmona.
In his appeal to An Bord Pleanala, Aidan McGuinness of Kilreekil argues that night-time noise would not be an issue, as the filling station would close at 11pm.
He also argues that any concerns around traffic were addressed in a Traffic and Transport Assessment and Road Safety audit which was submitted to the local authority as part of the original application.
In terms of the drive-thru and restaurant element, Aidan McGuinness says the development would create employment, and is compatible with the existing land-use zoning in the area.
An Bord Pleanala will make a decision on the appeals in the coming months.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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103 Galway residents to receive Irish Citizenship this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 103 Galway residents will become Irish citizens today.

Nationwide, 3,500 people from 130 countries will receive their certificates of naturalisation in Killarney over the next two days.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice James Browne says it will give them rights and legal protections.

He says people from other nations who’ll become Irish citizens will contribute to Ireland:

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