Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ballinasloe councillors have controversially passed the draft budget for the Municipal District.
At a meeting this week, Ballinasloe councillors were presented with an indicative expenditure figure of 5.8 million euro for 2019.
This is up from 4.7 million euro for 2018, due to an increase in road funding nationally.
However all councillors were concerned that the funding for things such as parks and open spaces and recreational development has not changed.
Director of Services with the county council, Ger Mullarkey told members that Ballinasloe Municipal District has no extra funds apart from a slight increase in rates to bring them in line with county rates by 2020.
Councillor Dermot Connolly proposed that the draft Budget be rejected and was supported by Councillor Tim Broderick.
Leas Cathaoirleach Michael Finnerty and Councillor Aidan Donohue supported adopting the Budget, which was passed as the Leas Cathaoirleach had the casting vote.
Councillors Michael Connolly and Donal Burke were absent.
Councillor Tim Broderick says he didn’t feel a Budget should be passed when boundaries will be changed half way through next year.
Councillor Michael Finnerty says he understands the concerns about boundaries, but it’s better to pass a Budget.
Meanwhile, Loughrea councillors have voted to pass a budget for the municipal district for 2019.
Councillors met this week to discuss the proposed budget, which stands at €7.4m – up from €5.7m for this year.
Although the budget was adopted, a number of issues were raised – including lack of clarity over how allocations are actually being spent.
Councillor Shane Donnellan also took issue with the lack of funding for traffic management measures in Loughrea town and across the district.
He noted that despite the issue being raised repeatedly, just a token – and ultimately useless – amount of €10 thousand is being set aside to cover the entire area.
Other discussion points included lack of disabled access at Loughrea Lake – and funding concerns related to the upcoming expansion of the municipal district.
There was also confusion over funding for open spaces in Loughrea – something Councillor Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher is confident will be sorted.
Housing reports illustrate continued rise in property prices in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in county Galway have risen by 4% in the last year and by 1.6% in Galway city.
The latest housing report from MyHome.ie finds the average house price in the county stands at €260,000 and €282,000 in the city.
In county Galway, two-bed apartment prices saw a solid 5.5% rise to €210,000.
The median price for four-bed semi-detached houses in county Galway stood at 285,000, flat on the year.
House prices have climbed 9% higher across the country compared to the same time last year.
New reports from Myhome and Daft show inflation is down from 13 percent recorded in the second quarter.
According to MyHome, the average house price nationally is now €308,000, while the Daft report has the figure at €288,000.
Author of the Daft report, Ronan Lyons, says increases in cities outside Dublin aren’t as high as at the start of the pandemic….
LISTEN: Germans return home to vote in Parliament elections
Voting continues in Germany where people are choosing a new Parliament, which will not be lead by Angela Merkel.
She will be stepping down after 16 years, with state Governor Armin Laschet, Green Party rep Annalena Baerbock and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz vying for the role.
About 60 million people will cast their votes today, but no party is expected to come anywhere close to an outright majority.
Angela Merkel will remain as Chancellor until a coalition can be formed.
Many German citizens returned home so they could vote in the election.
Stephanie Klapp, who is from Kassel in the federal state of Hesse is a school teacher at ArdScoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe.
She flew back to Germany to vote this weekend. She told John Mulligan that the general feeling is that Olaf Scholz will be the next Chancellor:
LISTEN: Tuam Stadium Development receives a boost with visit of Minister for Sport
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The ongoing development of Tuam Stadium received a boost with the visit of Minister of Sport Jack Chambers yesterday.
Minister Chamber’s visit to Tuam stadium was one of a number of visits the Minister was making to venues in the West of Ireland over the past number of days and is seen as important as Tuam Stadium continues its development of the ground and surrounding areas.
The minister was accompanied by Chairman of infrastructure with Galway GAA John Moylan, Independent Galway East Deputies Sean Canney and Anne Rabbitte, Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv, Micheal Geraghty, Chairperson of the Tuam Stadium Committee and Sean Carter of the Development Advocates For Tuam Stadium as he was showed the work that has been done at the ground to date.
John Moylan explained what happened at the visit
Deputy Sean Canny said it was important to show the Minister what was happening at Tuam stadium
Deputy Anne Rabbitte said the visit was significant in showing the minister the positivity that surrounds the development