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New homes approved in Oranmore despite residents’ concerns

A residential development has been given the green light in Oranmore – despite residents’ concerns about the lack of public amenities. Galway County Council has granted planning permission for the 22 house and apartment development...

Minister stays silent on island purchase potential

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has refused to comment on whether the State will attempt to purchase the deserted Ardoileán island off the coast of Connemara, but has described the €1.25...

Public nursing home costs are almost double those of private facilities

The cost of nursing home care in HSE-run facilities in Galway is 80% more than their private and voluntary counterparts, according to figures released earlier this month. Weekly care costs per patient at seven HSE...

Waiting lists for cataract surgery hit 30 months

Children in Galway West are waiting two years for an appointment to see a cataract specialist – nearly three times the wait for under-12s in the east of the county. The situation for adults is...

Coastal development ‘should be moved inland’

Green Party councillor Alastair McKinstry has said that construction along the R336 Coast Road should start to be moved away from the old road and towards the location of a new road – in...

Call for ‘family-friendly’ meeting hours at County Hall

Starting and finishing times of Galway County Council plenary meetings should be family friendly, a newly-elected member has said. Councillor Aisling Dolan (Ind) asked that the policy towards meetings should be family friendly and should...


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