Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is estimating that the cost of storm damage in the county will be more than 18 million euro.
The Council’s interim submission in relation to the recent severe weather situation, says the clean-up cost to date is 500 thousand euro.
The County Council breakdown of the cost of the storm damage states that 2 million euro will needed to repair roads.
6.5 million euro is the cost estimated to coastal protection, while outline costs of damage to coastal lands is estimated at more than 3million euro.
There is an estimated cost of 2 million euro for piers, 700 thousand euro for burial grounds and 20 thousand for environmental pollution.
A further 2.5 million euro worth of damage has been done to tourism infrastructure such as beaches, walkways and amenity areas.
Non-coastal flooding in the county is estimated at causing 500 thousand euro worth of damage while a breach of sea defence at Inis Meáin airstrip cost a further 250 thousand euro.
The total cost of the storms in the county is estimated at 18.3 million euro.
In the City, the Council has estimated the storm damage at 750 thousand euro.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.