Date Published: 02-Oct-2008
Residents of Devon Park in the city want An Bord Pleanála to hold an oral hearing to discuss plans by the Sisters of Mercy for the St. Anne’s site at Taylors Hill.
In August, Galway City Council gave the go-ahead to the Sisters to build 120 homes, a 5 storey apartment block, a creche and parking at the site close to Lenaboy Castle.
The castle itself and its Gatelodge are protected structures and there is huge opposition to such a development on the site.
There were over 70 objections to the plans as it went through the planning process at the city council and now there are numerous appeals lodged with An Bord Pleanála
There is now a call for an oral hearing so that inspectors from the Appeals Board can hear for themselves the concerns of local residents.
Meanwhile, the Sisters of Mercy have also lodged a first party appeal in relation to the development at St. Anne’s.
They are contesting a condition imposed by the City Council stating that a Duplex unit must be left out of the development to provide more open space.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.