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Strong reaction from public as consultation underway on new urban centre in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a strong reaction from the public to multi-million euro plans to develop a major new urban quarter near Eyre Square.
A public consultation meeting is taking place today on plans earmarked for an 8.2 acre site beside Ceannt Railway Station, adjacent to Eyre Square.
The mixed-use development would include hundreds of apartments, office space, retail and commerical units and a hotel.
It’s hoped construction could begin in around three years and all going well, an estimated completion date of 2025 has been given.
The public consultation is taking place at the Tribeton Building at Merchants Road since midday and will remain open until 9pm.
Consultant Michael Parker says housing and traffic are the biggest issues raised by the public.
We will feature an extended piece from the open day on FYI Galway from 5…

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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Regional specialist menopause clinic set to be operational at UHG by early Autumn

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A regional specialist menopause clinic is expected to be operational at UHG by early Autumn.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Regional Health Forum West, where councillor Evelyn Parsons said it is much awaited by the women of the West.

The clinic will be located in UHG as part of gynaecology services and will serve the needs of women living in the Saolta region, an area that stretches from Donegal to Galway.

Ann Cosgrove, Chief Operations Officer, told the meeting it will probably be the end of the third quarter or early Autumn before it is up and running in order to get adequate resources appointed.

Councillor Parsons said the development will provide light at the end of the tunnel for many:

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Call for zero tolerance approach to illegal parking in county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a call for zero tolerance in regard to illegal parking at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.

However, Council CEO, Jim Cullen said that the Council did not have enough money to strengthen enforcement of the law.

Green Party Councillor, Alistar McKinstry, called for a zero-tolerance approach by the Gardaí to illegal parking.

He added that illegal parking is making it unsafe to walk on the streets of towns and villages.

With a particular focus on Oranmore, councillor James Charity suggested that dedicated personnel, possibly on the basis of a pilot scheme, could be of major assistance in enforcement.

Community wardens, he said, have many duties.

Councillor Jim Cuddy said he had three complaints in a week about parking in Oranmore and he suggested stronger street lines, with these calls echoed by councillor Martina Kinnane.

Councillor Liam Carroll said that only a small number of people were parking on double yellow lines in Oranmore and that this was happening all over the county.

Councillor Gabe Cronnelly was critical of drivers who parked in spaces set aside for people with disabilities, a practice he said, was totally inconsiderate.

Describing illegal parking as socially unacceptable, Council CEO, Jim Cullen said the Council is strapped for money and that limits what can be done.

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