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Supermac’s ‘shocked’ by claims of possible fake submissions on Galway-Limerick motorway plaza application

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Supermac’s says it is shocked by possible fake submissions of support on its planning application to build a plaza on the Galway-Limerick motorway.
It’s as today’s Irish Times reports a number of letters of support may have been submitted using forged signatures.
Supermac’s founder, Galway businessman, Pat McDonagh is hoping to build a new Obama-style plaza along the M18 Galway to Limerick motorway outside Ennis.
According to the Irish Times, a number of submissions of support for the development may have been made using fake signatures.
It reports that the situation came to light when Clare County Council wrote to people to acknowledge their submission – only to have a number of people claim they never made a submission and their signatures appeared to be forged.
It says a small number of people subsequently withdrew, in writing, the submissions made in their name.
In a statement, Supermac’s says the revelation is ‘shocking’ to the company and adds that if this is the case, it utterly condemns such action.
The statement further says that Supermac’s disowns such support for its planned development.
It finishes by stating that the company remains committed to the delivery of an ‘outstanding’ motorway service station at Kilbreckan.

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Cremation becoming more popular in county as costs of burials rise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam Funeral Director says cremation is becoming a more popular choice in County Galway as the cost of burials rises.

According to the Irish Independent, more than 40 percent of people who die in cities are now opting to be cremated, while 20 percent of those in rural areas are choosing the same option.

Opting for cremation in Galway city is significantly cheaper than being buried with the cost of a single burial plot priced at €780, compared to a single plot in the county costing €385.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Joe Grogan of Grogan Funeral Directors in Tuam says 20 percent of his business last year was from cremations so the trend is growing in rural areas too…

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Galway records high levels of domestic abuse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,000 incidents of domestic abuse have been reported to Gardaí in Galway so far this year.

Nationally Gardaí have dealt with an average of nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents every day this year – with the highest levels reported in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Louth.

New figures show 24,686 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the Gardaí between the start of this year and September 9th.

These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring order.

Over a third of the incidents were in the Dublin region, involving just under 9,000 cases.

2,021 were in Cork, with 1,152 in Louth and 1,074 in Galway.

Minister of State for Justice, Hildegarde Naughton, says tackling domestic abuse, and providing supports for victims, is a key priority for the government.

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Woodquay urban animation project set to be delivered by summer 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An urban animation project in Woodquay in the city is set to reach completion in time for the 2022 summer season.

The project is one of seven nationwide and secured over one million euro in funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme which aims to re-invigorate urban areas and increase their tourism appeal.

The pilot five million euro scheme, which opened for applications in April, will also fund projects in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Dublin.

These will involve a variety of large-scale outdoor performance spaces, public art and light installations.

The Galway city project will a signature lighting installation at Woodquay Park featuring a hand carved steel sphere.

This aims to reflect the stories and traditions of Galway alongside a traditional Galway Hooker and performance space.

Director of Product Development Orla Carroll says urban animation will play an increasingly important role in transforming and re-imagining our public spaces as safe, welcoming and vibrant places to visit.

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