Galway Bay fm newsroom – New figures reveal that the average monthly rent for a 3-bed home in Galway is now nearly €200 more expensive than a mortgage.
It’s after a report published by Threshold today reveals a significant rise in calls from tenants facing eviction.
Meanwhile, a row broke out in the Dáil earlier over the crisis – with Leo Varadkar described as a Roman Emperor presiding over the burning of Rome.
New figures from My Mortgages.ie reveal that the average cost of having a mortgage on a 3-bed home in Co. Galway would set you back around €600 a month.
That’s actually almost €200 cheaper than renting the same property – which would cost around €785.
It’s a bleak connundrum for many renters – who are struggling with spiralling rents but cannot qualify for a mortgage – and the gap is ever widening.
Galway City was designed as a Rent Pressure Zone in January 2017 – which aimed to cap inflation at 4 percent.
However, in a national annual report published today, Threshold notes that by the end of December, inflation in the city had risen to 8.5 percent.
The issues of homelessness and spiralling rents were raised in the Dáil this afternoon – where a fierce debate broke out over the housing crisis.
Sinn Fein Deputy Mary Lou McDonald compared the Taoiseach to a Roman Emperor fiddling while Rome burns in the background.
Leo Varadkar wasn’t impressed – and accused her of weaponising the homeless:
But the Taoiseach says there needs to be a balance between rights for landlords and tenants.
Meanwhile Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says he’s looking to introduce new laws to punish landlords who break or exploit rent caps:
And Minister Murphy says reports of homeless people being forced out of hotels to make room for guests this Christmas is scaremongering:
The proposed new rent cap laws along with other measures to protect tenants are to be brought before Cabinet next week.
New Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly aims to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The new Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly is aiming to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens
The Independent councillor from City Central was elected in the last half hour through an established voting pact
Her district colleague and fellow Independent Mike Cubbard handed over his chains at the AGM of Galway City Council held in Leisureland
Junior Heritage Minister to visit Connemara National Park
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will visit Connemara National Park tomorrow for a number of engagements.
Minister Noonan will visit the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack at 11.30 tomorrow morning
He will meet the staff and then launch the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.
Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.
They have assembled 56 of the remaining Cladoir. The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.
Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and the Minister will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.
Sean Cadden and Tom King, joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh will accompany Minister Noonan
New County Cathaoirleach Peter Keaveney says more council funding is key priority
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The new Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Peter Keaveney says securing more funding for the local authority is a key priority for his year in office
The Ballinasloe area Fine Gael Councillor has just been elected, under an established voting pact, at the county council AGM being held in Glenamaddy this afternoon
He’ll succeed Athenry-Oranmore area Independent Councillor James Charity in the chair
Cathaoirleach Keaveney spoke to our reporter Paul Hyland just after his election – tune in on the hour to hear what he has to say
Meanwhile, a new Mayor of Galway will be elected later this afternoon, also through an established voting pact
Independent City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard, will hand over his chains of office at the AGM of Galway City Council being held in Leisureland this afternoon at 4.
It’s expected he’ll be succeeded in the role by his constituency colleague, Independent Councillor Collette Connolly.