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Construction work starts on NUI Galway’s new €30m Human Biology Building

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Construction work has commenced on NUI Galway’s new Human Biology Building. The project cost will be in excess of €30m and is funded approximately one third by public exchequer funding including €7m as announced recently in Budget 2015, with the remaining two thirds funded from university sources. The project will help to sustain up to 200 construction jobs at its peak.

Inisbofin — to the waters and the wild

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When WB Yeats wrote the famous poem "I will arise and go now and go to Inisfree," he should have gone to Inisbofin. One visit there and he would have been hooked for life.

Heritage site owner seeks support from council

The owner of a newly discovered heritage sight at Newtown, Jerpoint, in Thomastown has come before the members of Kilkenny County Council in a bid to garner support from the local authority to develop the site into a tourist attraction.

Unfinished housing estates to be made safe by council

Funding has been provided to Kilkenny County Council by the Minister of State for Housing for unfinished housing estates in the county, however only half of the funding allocated was taken up by the council.

‘We were hoodwinked’ say residents of Rosehill

The residents of an exclusive housing estates on the Kells Road are furious at the manner in which they were informed that there are to be 27 new houses built on their estate.

Cllr criticises media over anti-social behaviour story

A councillor was critical of a local newspaper this week after it ran a story about anti-social behaviour in Clonmore and dared to suggest the perpetrators were local teenagers.

Dangerous Ballinagore site to be made a green field

A dangerous abandoned site in the village of Ballinagore, on the Mullingar to Tullamore Road is to be investigated by the Westmeath County Council under the Derelict Sites Act it was revealed this week.

Decentralised offices in Carlow get thumbs up

Up to 260 civil servants will have a permanent base in Carlow after An Bord Pleanála granted the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment permission for new offices in the town centre.

Derravarragh trailer park seeks planning

After a number of contentious and controversial years as an unplanned resort, an attempt has been instigated to regulate the sprawling caravan park on the shores of Lough Derravarragh at Donore.

Ballina Town Council briefs

Independent Ballina town councillor Peter Clarke will travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to represent the town at its St Patrick’s Day parade on March 13. He was proposed by Cllr Francis McAndrew and seconded by Mayor Mary Kelly. Independent councillor Gerry Ginty told the meeting: “As one who usually objects to these type of trips, I don’t to this one as there is only one person going and with Cllr Clarke out there promoting the Clarke Collection, it could have a major pay off in the long run to the town.”


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