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Affordable houses in Galway City to be capped at €400 thousand

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Affordable houses in Galway City will be capped at €400 thousand under the Government’s affordable housing scheme.

It’s the second highest cap in the country behind Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire, alongside Fingal, South Dublin, Wicklow and Cork City.

Meanwhile, affordable houses in Co. Galway will be capped at €350 thousand under the scheme.

The lowest cap would be €225 thousand in counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo and Tipperary.

The figures still have to be finalised with the Central Bank – and the bill on the proposed price caps is be discussed at cabinet this afternoon.

A Shared Equity Scheme in the bill would allow the Government to take a 30 percent stake in a property when buyers are unable to afford the full mortgage.

Opponents of the bill argue it will drive up house prices – a claim echoed by the ESRI which has expressed concerns.

But Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has said in line with the Shared Equity Scheme, it will lead to affordable housing becoming available.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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802 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the past two days – No Figures for Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – 802 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past two days.

There was a delay in the releasing of the figures, due to the cyber attack on the HSE IT systems this week.

As of midnight on Friday, health officials were notified of 447 confirmed cases of the virus.

And as of midnight on Saturday, 355 new cases were recorded.

There are currently 109 people in hospital with the virus, of which 42 are receiving intensive care.

The Department of Health adds that the daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

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Renewed call for development of deep water port at Ross an Mhíl

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There are renewed calls for the development of a deep water port at Ross an Mhíl.

In 2017, a cost-benefit analysis on such a development was carried out on behalf of the Department of Food, Agriculture and Marine.

However, while planning permission was sought and secured in 2018 on the basis of the report, there’s been little movement on the project since.

Deputy Mairead Farrell says the Government has an opportunity to invest in Connemara and establish Ross an Mhíl as a greater economic driver in the region.

She argues a deep water port would not only strengthen the fisheries and marine potential of the harbour, but also improve other infrastructure in the region such as roads.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell says a report has favoured the development, the public want it, and planning permission has been secured.

She says all that’s needed now is for the Government to allocate funding to the project.

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Galway University Hospitals and Portiuncula University Hospital issue update on disruption to services

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Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and University Hospitals Galway have released an update on the disruptions to services as a result of the Ransomware attack on the HSE.

In the statements, they said that the ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to have a considerable impact on hospital services.

Here are the service disruptions at Portiuncula University Hospital:

CANCELLATIONS

·         All outpatient clinics are cancelled.

·         All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.

·         Endoscopy services are cancelled.

·         All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Department as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.

Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or hospital number with them when they come to the hospital or any letter that they have received from the hospital as this will contain information which will make it easier to find existing medical records.

We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

GOING AHEAD

Maternity services will go ahead.

Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.

Here are the service disruptions at Galway University Hospitals

CANCELLATIONS

·         All outpatient clinics are cancelled.

·         All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.

·         Endoscopy services are cancelled.

·         Radiotherapy services are cancelled.

·         All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Departments as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.

We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or board number with them when they come to the hospital. This number appears on appointment letters, test results, blood test results.

GOING AHEAD

Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead.

Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.

Updates will be available on saolta.ie and hse.ie as well as Twitter @saoltagroup and @HSELive

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