The repair and upkeep of social housing in the county is set to become a real challenge as the Council deals with a 30 percent cut to its maintenance allocation this year.
A meeting of the local authority heard last evening that the budget for 2013 stands at 1.25million euro – that’s a reduction of 375 thousand euro on last year’s figure.
There are over 19 hundred social housing units in the county, and around 188 of these are vacant.
Director of Services with responsibility for Housing, Eugene Cummins, told councillors that 40 are undergoing works, up to 20 are awaiting inspections and 50 are in areas difficult to let.
However, he added that in the coming months the Council hopes to take on an additional 2 technicians.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Cllr Sean Canney says vacant houses need to be re-furbished to help save exchequer money.
Galway to get one of country’s first Covid-19 mass vaccination centres
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three mass Covid vaccination centres will be in operation from tomorrow in Dublin, Galway and Portlaoise.
That’s according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, who has revealed the information in a tweet this afternoon.
Galway Bay fm news is currently awaiting confirmation from the HSE as to the location of the Galway centre.
It’ll be used to vaccinate GP teams using the first supply of the Moderna vaccine.
It comes after the HSE announced the period between the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine is being extended from 21 to 28 days.
That will take effect for those receiving the jab for the first time from Monday and is aimed at vaccinating more people as new supplies arrive.
Meanwhile, it’s emerged Pfizer Bio-N-Tech may be slowing down production of its Covid-19 vaccine.
Kevin Connolly is former chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
He says the Pfizer vaccine is as effective when the second dose is added after 28 days…
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….
Public urged to stay away from Blackrock diving tower in Salthill
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public is being urged to ‘stay away’ from Blackrock diving tower in Salthill and respect the fact that the amenity is closed.
Councillor Clodagh Higgins says despite the efforts of the city council and Gardai to fence off the area, considerable numbers of people continue to use the tower.
She claims that in some cases, people are pushing the fences aside to gain entry.
Councillor Higgins feels it’s not acceptable for people to ignore efforts by authorities to keep the public safe during a critical stage of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
She has appealed for people to let common sense prevail – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Local TD critical of Bord na Mona over ‘denial’ of peat heritage
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice is criticising Bora Na Mona for failing to embrace its history and heritage.
It comes as the state body has announced that it has stopped peat harvesting indefinitely.
It means that peat briquettes will run out in 2024 – but peat moss compost is expected to run out this summer.
The development comes amid growing pressure on companies to end the use of fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions.
Independent Deputy Fitzmaurice believes that peat harvesting should be allowed to naturally ‘fizzle out’ over the coming years.
He says newer generations have little interest and he estimated there is about a decade of life left in the practice.
He also claimed instead of being proud of its heritage, Bord na Mona is acting like it has a shameful past – to hear more on this topic, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…