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Several appeals against Moycullen windfarm

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A decision by Galway County Council to grant permission for 10 years for a wind farm at Knockranny has been appealed.

Several different groups have appealed the decision for 11 turbines, a mast, a 110kilovolt substation and entrance at the Moycullen location.

Western Power Limited was granted permission for the wind farm at Knockranny.

An Taisce and the Irish Peatland Conservation Council are some of those objecting to the plan.

Among the arguments made in the appeal documents, is concern about corporate compliance and the effects of the wind farm on the local environment.

A decision is expected from An Bord Pleanála in July.

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Taoiseach pledges action on Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has pledged action on the issue of Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions.

It’s after Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv highlighted restrictions on a new caravan loan scheme introduced by the Government.

He argued it’s unacceptable that the scheme only covers 75 caravans in the entire country – and slammed the Government for its “petty-mindedness”.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how in Galway, 24 replacement caravans are urgently needed – but approval was only given for four.

He says as the temperature plummets, many Travellers are living in freezing caravans and mobile homes that are decades old.

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Tanaiste says new National Construction Technology Centre in Galway will enable faster, better building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tánaiste says the new National Construction Technology Centre at University of Galway will help us build more, build faster, and build better.

Leo Varadkar launched Construct Innovate at a special event this afternoon, before taking a guided tour of the Alice Perry Engineering Building.

The new centre aims to accelerate research and innovation in the construction sector and position Ireland as a global leader.

Speaking outside University of Galway this afternoon, the Tánaiste said Construct Innovate will play an extremely important role.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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