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Galway wait on light call

A decision is due to be made later this week on whether the GAA in Galway will finally get planning permission for floodlights at their Pearse Stadium ground in Salthill.

A three-year campaign has so far been unsuccessful in getting floodlights for the revamped venue as Galway remains one of the few counties incapable of staging evening games.

Galway City Council is due to make a decision by Saturday on further information lodged by the GAA early in December to erect four pylons at the 34,000 capacity stadium, which was redeveloped into the county's primary ground almost a decade ago.

Some local residents have objected to the floodlights, while An Taisce were also against the plan. Galway County Board withdrew one planning application just over two years ago.

Several alterations have since been made to the application and on December 4, Galway City Council received further information from the Galway County Board on an application which was initially lodged on May 8 in 2008.

The chairman of the Pearse Stadium Development Committee, Frank Burke, told the recent Galway County Board convention that floodlights at the venue would not just be a benefit to the GAA but would also enhance the Salthill and Galway city areas.

"It is a serious proposal that will enhance the sporting life of the city, along with benefitting the domestic tourism industry," he said.

"It will also enhance businesses around Salthill and that has to be seen as positive."

Temporary lights were introduced at the venue in October '06 when a capacity crowd turned up for the International Rules clash between Ireland and Australia.

Irish Independent