Galway Bay fm newsroom – A controversial carpark in Tuam town has closed following a ruling by the Supreme Court.
Last month, the High Court made a ruling that the unauthorised car park at Palace Grounds must close, after a number of locals took a case against owner, Joe O’ Toole.
In the High Court last month, Justice Hedigan stated rgar Joe O’ Toole has “a pattern of constructing unauthorised developments and subsequently seeking retention.”
He ordered that the carpark should close at the end of the first week in January.
However, the High Court decision was appealed to the Supreme Court by Joe O’ Toole and a stay was placed on the closure of the split level carpark, near Super Valu supermarket.
However, the Supreme Court has upheld the decision by Justice Hedigan in the High Court and the carpark has now closed.
However, locals want the public right of way through the area to be maintained.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.