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.
Jadotville veterans gather in Galway city for 60th anniversary of famous siege
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Veterans of the Siege of Jadotville will gather in Galway City later today to mark the 60th anniversary of the infamous Congo battle.
A small contingent of Irish troops serving as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo were besieged in the mining town of Jadotville on the 13th September 1961by Katangese forces.
The Irish soldiers resisted attacks for five days but were eventually forced to surrender and held as prisoners of war before being released.
A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden of Renmore Barracks this afternoon at 3pm to mark the 60th anniversary of the final day of the siege, with 8 Jadotville veterans expected to attend.
City councillors pave way for Aldi development at derelict site on Monivea Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years.
The site is a brownfield one that has previously been excavated, following the demolition of Comer Machinery in 2005.
German retailer Aldi has applied for planning permission on the site, however a considerable portion of the land that would be used for car parking is zoned industrial.
This means councillors have to approve the contravention of the Galway City Development Plan to allow it to be used for retail purposes.
At this week’s meeting of Galway City Council, there was widespread agreement that it was a very positive development, and the vote was passed unanimously in favour.
This mean the proposed development can go ahead in principle with no changes to the zoning of the land.
Aldi Ireland says it hopes to start construction in 2022, and to open the new €9 million store in Autumn 2023.
It says 30 new permanent jobs will be created when the store opens, while up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction phase.
Councillor Declan McDonnell says after being just a “hole in the ground” for almost 20 years, there’s now a huge opportunity for development.
1,413 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A further 1,413 people have tested positive for Covid-19.
The five-day moving average stands at 1,395 – down almost 100 on two weeks ago.
Monaghan, Donegal and Louth have the highest 14-day incidence rates in the country.
There are 290 patients being treated for the virus in hospital, a drop of two since yesterday, while the number being treated in ICU has increased two to 67.