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Christmas reprieve from ‘Big Dig’ in Ballinasloe town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Traders in Ballinasloe will have a welcome reprieve from roadworks over the busy Christmas period.
Members of Ballinasloe Municipal District Council were told this month that the ‘Big Dig’ in the town will come to a temporary stop at the start of December and will resume in January.
Councillor Michael Finnerty says it’s a vital time of year for businesses in Ballinasloe.
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Housing reports illustrate continued rise in property prices in Galway

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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….

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LISTEN: Germans return home to vote in Parliament elections

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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:

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LISTEN: Tuam Stadium Development receives a boost with visit of Minister for Sport

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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

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