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30 percent cut to maintenance funding for County social housing

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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.

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Tuam student wins award for outstanding business and accounting Leaving Cert results

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The inaugural N17 Plaza Business Award has been presented to University of Galway student, Eimhin Mulligan.

The award, exclusive to St Jarlath’s College in Tuam, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers related to business.

Eimhin, who did the Leaving Cert last year, excelled in both business and accounting exams

He’s now studying for a Commerce Degree at University of Galway.

Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, presented the cash prize and a plaque at a function at the secondary school campus in Tuam

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanala over apartment block at Ballymoneen Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against approval for an apartment development at Ballymoneen Road.

The project, led by Crescent Co. Ownership, would include 17 apartments in a mix of single and two-bed units.

The three-story building would be located on a site near the existing Portacarron estate and the Western Distributor Road junction.

The plans were given the green light by city planners earlier this month.

An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala – with a decision due in May.

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New care programme for older people launched at embattled Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new care programme for older people has been launched at Clifden District Hospital.

The clinic aims to cater to those with complex health and social care needs in their own community.

The new clinic comes amid long-running local concerns on the future of the hospital, difficulty in recruiting staff, and the downgrading of services.

The First Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons – or ICPOP – is a one-stop shop for those with complex health and social care needs.

It aims to shift the delivery of care away from acute hospitals towards community based, planned and co-ordinated care.

The team will work closely with local GP’s and Primary Care staff, in line with the vision for Sláintecare.

Galway Bay fm news contacted the HSE for comment, but was told no-one was available at this time to discuss the new clinic.

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