20 percent drop in visitors to Aran Islands
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a drop of over 20% in the number of people travelling from Rossaveal to the Aran Islands in recent years.
Statistics show that the numbers dropped to less than 160,000 last year.
Just over 222,000 people travelled on the ferries from Rosaveal to Aran in 2007.
The figures dropped to 163,000 in 2012 and dropped further to less than 160,000 in the year just ended.
Out of that number last year, over 17,000 were trips by people who live on the Aran Islands.
The drop may be explained by the fact there were two ferry companies marketing in the past, or a drop in tourism in the West and intense competition from other iconic locations.
Farrell says eviction ban lift will be “judged harshest” of Government’s bad housing policies
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell claims the lifting of the eviction ban will be judged the harshest of all the Government’s bad housing policies.
She told the Dáil it stands head and shoulders above all the terrible housing decisions this and the previous Government have made over the past decade.
She told Housing Minister Daragh O’ Brien that the real sticking point is that this decision was made in the full knowledge of the chaos it will cause.
258 people now listed as homeless across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of homeless people in emergency accommodation has increased by almost 24 per cent in a year.
There are now almost 11,800 people homeless, including 258 people in County Galway.
According to the latest figures from the Department of Housing 11,742 people, including 3,373 children, now find themselves homeless.
It’s an increase of almost 24 per cent on the same month for last year.
The data, for the week of February 20th-26th, show there were 8,369 adults in emergency accommodation, an increase of 23 per cent on the figure for February last year.
In Dublin, there are 8,588 people, including 2,576 children, living in homelessness.
Meanwhile this month’s figures, when compared to January, remain relatively unchanged.
Man missing from Loughrea located safe and well
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man missing from Loughrea since earlier this week has been found safe and well.
25 year old Shane Walsh was last seen in Portumna on Wednesday 29th March, prompting a Garda appeal.
Gardaí have now confirmed he’s been located safe and well.