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500K for 12 playground and school safety projects across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over half a million euro in funding has been announced for a number of new playgrounds and school safety projects across Galway.
514 thousand euro has been allocated under the CLAR programme – a national scheme which provides funding for rural areas that have suffered population decline.
The funding of half a million euro will cover 12 projects in areas including Kilconly, Athenry, Clonbur, Ahascragh, Letterfrack, Ballygar, Killimor, Laurencetown and Abbeyknockmoy.
The first phase covers recreation facilities – and Killimor, Laurencetown and Abbeyknockmoy are each to receive 50 thousand euro for the provision of new playgrounds.
A further 45 thousand euro will go towards the cost of a new playground in Clonbur – while 42 thousand will fund a new games arena in Kilconly.
Ballygar will also receive 50 thousand euro for the refurbishment of an existing playground suffering from severe rust and corrosion.
The second phase of the 500 thousand euro funding under the CLÁR scheme covers safety at schools.
45 thousand euro will go towards the construction of new footpaths next to schools and community facilities in Kilconly, as well as public lighting.
St. Olivers National School in Athenry will also receive 45 thousand euro for the provision of upgraded road markings, footpaths and parking facilities.
30 thousand euro has been allocated to Kilgass National School in Ahascragh – and a further 29 thousand euro to Scoil Naomh Pádraig in Clonbur – for the provision of safer set down areas.
St Kerrills National School in Gurteen, Athenry will also receive 28 thousand euro for the installation of road markings and the resurfacing and lining of parking spaces.

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Galway has second lowest ‘Fair Deal’ support rate nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new survey has revealed that Galway has the second lowest nursing home “Fair Deal” support rate nationwide.

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme provides financial support to people who need long-term nursing home care.

Under the scheme, applicants make a contribution towards the cost of their care in private, public or voluntary nursing homes, while the HSE pays the balance.

However, the latest BDO Ireland and Nursing Homes Ireland Survey reveals Galway currently has the second lowest support rate in the country at €931 per bed per week.

Noting that’s €230 lower than Dublin, where the highest price is paid – BDO Ireland says Galway is not getting a “fair deal” at all.

It argues the assessment system is fundamentally flawed, and needs to shift from a county by county assessment to one that is based on actual care needs.

BDO Ireland points out that for a 65 bed nursing home, which is the average size of home in Ireland today, the difference would be almost €950 thousand a year in patient support.

It also notes that current conditions are leading to a huge rise in market share for large operators compared to owner-operators and voluntary organisations.

This, it warns, could heavily impact on choices for older people in the future, particularly in non-urban settings.

The report concludes that in many areas across Ireland, it’s not economically viable to develop new nursing homes on the Fair Deal rates granted to new facilities.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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