Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Galway City Council has raised concerns about the long-term provision of housing in Galway.
Speaking at this week’s meeting of the local authority, Brendan McGrath said he is particularly concerned about 2021 and beyond.
Like most of the country, the construction of housing across Galway in recent years has been slow and supply in the city falls far short of demand.
The City Council has a number of social housing projects in the pipeline, but most of these are in the early stages of development – with almost 5 thousand families currently on waiting lists.
At last evening’s meeting of the local authority, CEO Brendan McGrath said options are being pursued on every single piece of land owned by the City Council.
Some of these projects are dedicated to social housing, while others will be a mix of social, affordable and private housing.
However, Mr. McGrath said they are in urgent need of more land – and acquisitions are proving extremely difficult given the scarcity of land.
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Two men charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in Aughrim
Two men in their 30s have been charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in County Galway.
Members of the Galway Divisional Drug Unit carried out a planned search of a home in Aughrim yesterday evening.
They discovered a grow house containing cannabis plants with an estimated street value of 146 thousand euro, and 20 thousand euro worth of cannabis herb.
Both men are due to appear before a special sitting of Galway District Court this evening.
Plans lodged for minor housing development in Kilcolgan
No prospect of development work on N59 in near future
There is no further prospect of major development work on the N59 road between Maam Cross and Oughterard in the immediate future.
Development permission for this 15-kilometre section was given a decade ago, but talks and studies continue as to how the project should be completed.
The N59 in Connemara has often been described as the worst road in its category in Ireland.
Two lengthy public hearings took place in 2013 following which Bord Pleanála gave permission for the development of the 15-kilometer section of the N. 59 between Maam Cross and Oughterard.
However, there was a condition – work could not go ahead until the National Parks and Wildlife Service would be satisfied with the methods to be used by the Galway County Council in the construction process. This arose because of environmental issues.
A six-kilometre section east of Maam Cross passed the test some years ago and this upgraded road has attracted high praise from engineering organisations and a welcome in Connemara.
Now, ten years on from the planning process and permission, the remaining 9 kilometres between Maam Cross and Oughterard remain untouched while talks and studies continue.
The latest news on this long-running saga is that further ground studies and archaeological studies will take place in the coming months.
That is the situation a decade down the road.