Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 10 percent of Galway’s road network is in severe structural distress – essentially, ‘falling apart’.
That’s according to a new survey of almost 100 thousand kilometres of local and regional roads nationwide.
However, Galway City is one of just two areas nationwide which recorded a zero percent rate for roads in distress.
Just one phrase used to describe some of the country’s road in the survey conducted by local authorities and published by the National Oversight and Audit Commission.
It found than nationwide, over 12 thousand kilometres of regional and local roads are in ‘severe structural distress’ with deep potholes and crumbling surfaces.
The survey reveals that across Galway, 8 percent of the road network is in such a condition and in urgent need of remedial works.
Councillors have long argued that the County Council’s roads maintenance budget is nowhere near what is needed to maintain Galway’s road network.
However, according to the survey, Galway City and South Dublin are the only two areas nationwide which recorded no roads in structural distress.
According to the Irish Independent, Co. Monaghan has the worst record in Ireland – with 15% of it’s road network classed as being in severe structural distress.
Independent TD calls on Government to extend incentives for first time buyers to purchase vacant properties
A Galway TD has said that if the Government are serious about housing and rejuvenating vacant properties, they then need to incentivise first time buyers to buy vacant properties.
Independent deputy Sean Canney said that there was a new focus on remote working and the evidence was that working couples were prepared to move to towns and villages.
He added that incentives such as a targeted help to buy scheme and a state backed mortgage would entice young couples to invest in vacant properties and convert those vacant buildings into vibrant living spaces.
Deputy Canney said the incentives that are there for buyers of new homes need to be extended to help those who buy vacant properties
Increase in 14 day Covid-19 infection rate in Galway, Cork and Limerick a factor in Government decision not to open Wet Pubs this Christmas
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A study has revealed that an increase in 14 day Covid-19 infection rates in Galway, Limerick and Cork may have been a factor in the Cabinet’s decision not to allow Wet Pubs to open this Christmas.
The Study from EY, according to the Sunday times, found that there was an increase of up to 12 Percent in the three regional cities – three times the national average.
The study found no similar surge in Dublin where they remained closed over the same period.
The government’s announcement on the lifting of Level 5 restrictions in the run up to Christmas allows restaurants and pubs that serve food to reopen from Friday but pubs that do not must remain closed.
This announcement on Friday evening was greeted with disappointment by the Vintners Federation of Ireland.
7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 137 are men / 104 are women
- 71% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 32 years old
- 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.
As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
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