Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 200 homeless people across Galway are using local Post Offices as their home address.
That’s according to new figures – which suggest there are significant levels of ‘hidden homeless’ nationwide.
An Post’s Address Point service – introduced last April – offers those without a home the opportunity to have a fixed address to receive post and access essential services.
According to the Sunday Independent, since then, 2,800 people nationwide have registered for the service.
Figures supplied by An Post show homeless people in every county availing of the service – shedding a light on the ‘hidden homeless’ living in every community across the country.
This includes those living with family, or ‘couch surfing’ with friends.
For example, Dublin accounts for just half of those using the An Post service – despite Government figures showing 70% of the country’s homeless are resident there.
In some counties, the number of people registered with An Post’s Address Point service is up to three times higher than the official homeless figures.
There are currently 196 people registered for the service in Galway – with the latest Government figures showing there are officially 326 homeless people across the county.
Councillor calls for increased staffing levels at Athenry train station
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Rail is being urged to review its staffing levels, as well as access to public toilet facilities and lifts at Athenry train station.
Independent councillor Gabe Cronnelly has raised the matter at municipal district level.
He says that the waiting room in Athenry is only available from 8am to 4pm and outside of these hours, there is no access to toilets.
His comments followed the circulation of correspondence from Irish Rail following a call to review the frequencies of the train stops in Attymon, Athenry and Oranmore.
He also argued that a lift is regularly out of order causing many who are elderly or who have a disability to travel to other stations such as Oranmore.
In correspondence to the MD, Irish Rail stated Attymon station is a low demand area and the addition of stops would require significant additional patronage.
The Seanad candidate argued Attymon is low demand simply because nobody knows about it.
Major extension for Headford school to increase capacity by 300 pupils
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has approved a major extension for Presentation College Headford – which will bring the secondary school’s population to 1-thousand pupils.
Galway East TD and Junior Minister received the confirmation from Minster Joe McHugh.
The multimillion euro development includes a major extension providing new classrooms and technology rooms – as well as a new state-of-the-art autism unit which will consist of three specially designed classrooms and sensory rooms.
The school’s existing building will also undergo refurbishment and repurposing during the development.
The extension will allow Presentation College Headford to increase its enrolment from 700 pupils to 1-thousand.
Minister Cannon says this it’s exciting news for an excellent school.
HSE confirms improvement in water quality at St. Brendan’s Nursing Unit
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has confirmed that the water quality at St Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Loughrea has shown improvement.
It’s after 21 beds were closed at the facility last April after Legionella bacteria was detected in the water.
The entire water system at St Brendan’s has been flushed with chlorine dioxine and the HSE has confirmed that the first test results since the treatment have shown an improvement in the water quality.
If this rate of improvement continues, it’s expected the beds will reopen in the Spring.
Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says while it is welcome progress, the unit is not yet out of the woods – to hear more tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…