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Tuam farmers market threatened by legislation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The possibility of market stalls, including a farmer’s market, in Tuam’s revamped Shambles Car Park has been delayed by national legislation.

Members of the Town council discussed the matter at a meeting this week.

Cllr Paul O’Grady asked when would it be possible for Tuam to have a licensed market on Saturdays in a designated area of the revamped Shambles Car Park.

But Acting Director of Services Liam Gavin told him that the county council were still waiting for national guidelines to be issued by the Department of the Environment regarding the licensing of markets and so far these new guidelines have not emerged.

Cllr Tom Reilly said he was disappointed that they would have to wait for national guidelines and he felt that the county council should decide.

But he was assured by the council official that this was not possible as issues including insurance, public liability and the size and number of stands at such markets would have to be in accordance with national guidelines.

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Tuam student wins award for outstanding business and accounting Leaving Cert results

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The inaugural N17 Plaza Business Award has been presented to University of Galway student, Eimhin Mulligan.

The award, exclusive to St Jarlath’s College in Tuam, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers related to business.

Eimhin, who did the Leaving Cert last year, excelled in both business and accounting exams

He’s now studying for a Commerce Degree at University of Galway.

Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, presented the cash prize and a plaque at a function at the secondary school campus in Tuam

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanala over apartment block at Ballymoneen Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against approval for an apartment development at Ballymoneen Road.

The project, led by Crescent Co. Ownership, would include 17 apartments in a mix of single and two-bed units.

The three-story building would be located on a site near the existing Portacarron estate and the Western Distributor Road junction.

The plans were given the green light by city planners earlier this month.

An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala – with a decision due in May.

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New care programme for older people launched at embattled Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new care programme for older people has been launched at Clifden District Hospital.

The clinic aims to cater to those with complex health and social care needs in their own community.

The new clinic comes amid long-running local concerns on the future of the hospital, difficulty in recruiting staff, and the downgrading of services.

The First Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons – or ICPOP – is a one-stop shop for those with complex health and social care needs.

It aims to shift the delivery of care away from acute hospitals towards community based, planned and co-ordinated care.

The team will work closely with local GP’s and Primary Care staff, in line with the vision for Sláintecare.

Galway Bay fm news contacted the HSE for comment, but was told no-one was available at this time to discuss the new clinic.

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