Planning permission has been granted to the Order of Malta for a new operations base within the Liosbán industrial estate.
Permission was granted by the Galway City Council, and it will allow the order to move from its current base in St Helen Street, where it has been located since 1972, into a more “accessible and modern” purpose-built facility.
The decision has been welcomed by Fianna Fáil Galway City West councillor, John Connolly. “The facility on Helen Street has outlived its practical use,” he said. “The size and physical structure are no longer fit for purpose.”
Cllr Connolly said the order had “a proud tradition in Galway”, which has “care and wellbeing” as its core purpose. “Hopefully, this new facility will help the organisation to continue to attract new volunteers,” he said. “The order provides the first aid response for many of the city’s civic, cultural, and sporting occasions as well as providing first aid training.”