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WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION CAUTIONS AGAINST CHANGING SETBACK DISTANCES

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Date Published: 25-Jan-2013

The Irish Wind Energy Association has raised concerns that changing setback distances for turbines could significantly reduce the state’s land area for such development.

Protest groups from areas such as Lettermuckoo and Moycullen have held several demonstrations in recent months to voice their concern over windfarm developments in the Connemara region.

The group says that to date over 100 wind turbines have been granted permission in an 8 kilometre radius of Moycullen, some of which are as high as the spire in Dublin.

A Private Members Bill aimed at allaying fears about wind turbines by locating them further from people’s homes has been proposed by Deputy Willie Penrose.

However the Irish Wind Energy Association has raised concerns that this would leave as little as 3 percent of the State’s land area for development and could hinder EU renewable energy and climate change commitments.

Kenneth Matthew is CEO of the IWEA – he says further debate is needed to ensure national targets can be met.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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