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8 million euro for controversial Gort social housing project

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 8 million euro has been confirmed to provide 31turnkey social housing units in Gort, at a location whose future was debated at recent county council meetings.

Turnkey social housing is where local authorities buy ready to go houses or apartments in newly built estates.

At the September and October meetings of the County Council Cllr PJ Murphy raised concerns over the possibility that all 138 residential units at Garrai Mhic Aodha on the Tubber Road could be used for social housing.

The newly announced funding will enable the purchasing of 31 of the units, including 17 two bed houses and 14 three bed houses.

Minister of State and Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon says the project will provide much needed housing for the town and surrounding area.

Local Fine Gael councillor PJ Murphy is cautiously welcoming the much needed housing.

However, he’s calling on the County Council to ensure that a cap is put in place for social housing in the new residential development.

Councillor Murphy says locals should also have a fair chance to privately purchase housing in the estate.

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Public urged to take part in Irish language survey for Barna and Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The communities of Barna and Knocknacarra are being urged to take part in an Irish language survey.

The survey aims to better serve individuals, families and the community at large with their language requirements and services.

It’s led by Údarás na Gaeltachta which has designated over 40 townlands in the vicinity of Barna/Knocknacarra to develop and implement an Irish language plan for the years to come.

Plean Teanga Bhearna / Cnoc na Cathrach aspires to get people to engage more with the language on a daily basis.

The survey is available online at ptbc.ie and must be completed by Friday week (November 29th).

Chairperson of the Irish Language Plan for Barna / Knocknacarra, Uinsionn Mac Thómais says the Irish language can be used as a tool to get people to come together in a variety of different ways – for more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Galway TD calls for additional funding for remote roads before end of year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is calling on the government to allocate additional funding to the Local Improvement Scheme to maintain rural roads before the end of the year.

The LIS allows local authorities to maintain private roads that are not in its charge.

These often include roads to more remote houses and to community infrastructure such as forests, beaches and graveyards.

Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv says such roads can often be a mile long and in many cases are virtually impassable at this time of year.

He argues there are funds available in the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Tune into Galway Bay fm news for more…..

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Almost 600 waiting for psychology appointments in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 575 people in Galway are waiting for a psychology appointment

The figures released under parliamentary questions to Fianna Fail show 935 people are waiting for appointments in the western region which covers Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Of the 935 people on the waiting list, 394 have been waiting for over a year.

Nationally, over 9 thousand people were waiting for appointments by August 2019 with over 2500 of them waiting for a year or more.

Roscommon/Galway TD Eugene Murphy argues the government pledged 114 assistant psychologists posts for primary care services in 2017, but to date only 55 have been appointed.

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