The Government needs to negotiate a strategy to ensure the West does not lose an MEP.
That’s according to Fine Gael MEP for the North West, Jim Higgins.
He says that the inclusion of Croatia in the EU in July will reduce the number of MEPs for other member states.
MEP Higgins says this will continue as other Balkan states also plan to join the European Union.
There were 15 Irish MEPS elected to the EU in 2004, but MEP Higgins says this could be halved by 2019.
Major step forward for plans to build new pedestrian structure adjacent to city’s Salmon Weir Bridge
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a major step forward in long-running plans to construct a new pedestrian bridge across the Corrib in the city, adjacent to the Salmon Weir bridge.
The City Council has published a notice of application to An Bord Pleanála for approval, as well as notice for a compulsory purchase order for lands needed.
The proposed new footbridge would run parallel to the iconic Salmon Weir Bridge and would provide a safe river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between the city centre and Galway Cathedral – and onwards to NUI Galway.
It would be a three-span structure 24 metres downstream from the Salmon Weir Bridge, connecting Goal Road with Newtownsmith.
The need for the crossing has been long identified due to inadequate pedestrian and cyclist facilities on the existing bridge, which has a high volume of pedestrian, cycle and road traffic.
Under the Galway City Transport Strategy, the Salmon Weir Bridge would ultimately become a “public transport only bridge crossing”.
Galway City Council has now published a notice of application to An Bord Pleanála for approval for the new pedestrian bridge.
The plans are available on the Galway City Council website, or from the Planning offices at City Hall, until January 21st.
Meanwhile, the local authority has also issued a CPO notice for lands needed to construct the proposed new bridge.
Affected landowners have until Thursday January 21st to lodge objections with An Bord Pleanala.
Three confirmed cases of Covid-19 being treated at Galway Hospitals today
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three confirmed cases of Covid-19 receiving treatment at Galway hospitals today.
Two cases are being treated at UHG, while another is receiving treatment at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
There’s been no confirmed cases of the virus at either hospital in the past 24 hours, but a number of suspected cases are being treated.
Of five suspected cases in total, four are at Portiuncula, with one at UHG.
Meanwhile, there are no Covid-19 patients at ICUs in either hospital.
Nationally, 253 people with the virus are being treated in Irish hospitals today – 36 of them in intensive care units.
City planners back proposal for Woodquay apartment complex
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City planners have backed a proposal to add apartments to a previously granted plan for three new apartment blocks in Woodquay in the city.
K. King Construction Limited received permission in 2018 to construct 19 housing units, in three apartment blocks at Saint Brendan’s Avenue.
The company later sought to alter the plans and add a further eight units to the development, for a total of 27 apartments across a 4 storey, 3 storey and 2 storey set of apartment blocks.
City planners have approved the amended development subject to eight conditions.
One states a detailed landscape plan is to be submitted for the development.
It’s also stipulated that units 1 to 3 of the six-storey apartment building will have direct access to the external amenity space at the rear of the building.