90 per cent of city rental properties inspected fail to meet standards
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 90 per cent of rental properties inspected in the city last year failed to meet the required standards.
That’s according to a new report from the National Oversight and Audit Commission.
Overall inspection rates of rental properties nationwide remain low – from a high of 14 percent in Monaghan, to a low of just 2 percent in Galway City.
However, of those city properties inspected – 90 per cent failed to meet the required standards.
Similar failure rates were recorded in Mayo, Sligo and Carlow – while every single property inspected in Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick and Offally were found to be non-compliant.
Just two local authorities nationwide had failure rates below 50 per cent – Cavan and Wicklow, with failure rates of 18 and 9 per cent respectively.
The NOAC report reveals that out of 16 thousand properties inspected nationwide last year, almost 80 percent failed to meet required standards.
Sean Canney says modular homes not magic solution to housing crisis
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Modular homes aren’t the magic solution to our housing crisis that some think it is.
That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney, who himself has a background in construction.
He’s told the Dáil that the sooner we stop looking at modular homes or off-site construction as a panacea to solve our problems the better.
Deputy Canney said we have far too much red tape in this country and that needs to be tackled.
Corrandulla NS wins trophy at national science competition
Galway Bay FM Newsroom-A county primary school has received a top award at a national science competition
Corrandulla National School took third place at the Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials Awards, held at University of Galway.
The START competition is a project-based annual event to encourage pupils across the country to learn about the importance of clinical trials.
Pupils at Corrandulla National School won a trophy for their investigation into the impact of mindfulness on concentration in the classroom.
Techniques such as colouring, storytelling, breathing techniques, yoga and sensory play were tested- and the children’s emotions and feeelings were captured.
They concluded that children were happier after a mindfulness break, and were less likely to fidget, misbehave or disrupt the class.
Significant step forward in plans for new pedestrian footbridge in Oughterard
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There’s been an important step forward in long-awaited plans for a new pedestrian footbridge in Oughterard.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland has given early-stage approval for the project to proceed.
For years, locals have sought a footbridge as a solution to serious safety hazards posed to pedestrians over the narrow bridge in Oughterard.
A recent count shows there are almost 600 pedestrian crossings on any given school day, many of them the hundreds of children attending local schools.
In recent years, due to the increase in traffic, there’s also been a higher incidence rate of road traffic accidents on, or near, the bridge.
It’s been a long and winding road to secure the new footbridge, with many frustrations along the way – but there’s now some light at the end of the tunnel.
In March, Galway County Council submitted a feasibility and options report to Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
TII has now given the green light for the project to move forward, with the confirmation of Gateway Approval.
Meanwhile, plans are also separately being advanced for new traffic lights and dedicated crossing times at the main bridge.