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Tuam councillors hit out at level of department pushback on local area plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam area councillors have hit out at the level of Department push-back concerning the Local Area Plan.
The Chief Executive’s report on the submissions received on the material alterations to the plan was presented at this week’s meeting at County Hall.
Six submissions were received on the material alterations from groups including government departments, TII, the EPA and the OPW.
These included observations from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government rejecting additional zonings put forward by councillors.
Tuam area councillors opted to reject many of the CEO’s recommendations concerning such observations.
The plan which sets out a blueprint for the next five years was finalised by councillors after lengthy discussion regarding such zonings.
More at 9 as Councillor Tom McHugh argues the department has complicated the process after significant local work and discussion…

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Galway Residents Eligible For A Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Will Begin Receiving Appointments Next week.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: People living in Galway who are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination will begin receiving their appointments next week.

The HSE will start offering third dose appointments to people with compromised immune systems from Wednesday.

The booster shots will start to be administered from next Friday.

NIAC recommended earlier this month to offer booster mRNA vaccines to immunocompromised people over the age of 12.

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Restored Meelick Weir and Walkway To Be Officially Opened

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD and Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will be in South Galway later today.

They will officially open the restored Meelick weir and walkway in Meelick, Eyrecourt.

The ceremony will take place at noon when they will be joined by Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland, John McDonagh.

The weir was damaged in severe storms in 2009 and again in 2015/2016, when the walkway was also damaged and was subsequently closed.

Work on the three million euro Waterways Ireland project began in 2017 and included the restoration of the weir, its 300 metre walkway and tilting weir gates.

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Accommodation Crisis Sees Huge Response To Potential New Bus Service For Galway Students Attending Limerick Colleges

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Athenry Bus Company says it’s had a huge public response to its plans to start operating a new bus route to the three colleges in Limerick as the accommodation crisis impacts.

Farrells of Athenry posted a social media post asking people to register their interest in a potential new route going from Loughrea to Athenry and on to the University of Limerick, LIT and Mary Immaculate College.

It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are currently on waiting lists for student accommodation with the Union of Students stating that difficulties accessing a place to stay are worse than ever.

Manager of Farrells of Athenry Bus Company Fergus Farrell says the accommodation crisis has created an immediate need for other options for Galway students hoping to study at campuses outside the county.

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