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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1,432 new cases of COVID-19 nationally; 30 deaths in the past week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,432* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 272 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU.
There has been a total of 5,209 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 30 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
“We have been closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 and we are reassured that that the reopening of schools has not led to an increase in transmission of COVID-19 amongst school-going children or more widely across the population. This is good news for students, parents and all those involved in the education of our children. As always, we will keep disease transmission in the population under review, but given the importance of education for our children we feel that now is the right time to evolve our approach to the public health management of COVID-19 in educational settings.
“From Monday 27 September, we will change how we manage COVID-19 in our schools. Contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education and testing of asymptomatic close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education will no longer be necessary.
“Children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as close contacts in childcare, educational settings, special education settings or other non-household settings and who are asymptomatic will no longer be required to routinely restrict movements.
“Given the substantially higher risk of transmission in households as compared to any other setting, children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as household close contacts, will still be required to restrict movements and be tested, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
“Public health advice remains that any person, including children aged 12 yrs or under who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should rapidly self-isolate and not attend school or to socialise until 48 hours after they are symptom free.”
Gardai at scene of public order offence at Tuam Graveyard
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are currently at the scene of a public order incident at Tuam Graveyard.
FYI Galway understands the incident, which involves large numbers, broke out after a funeral.
The emergency services are also at the scene, and there are unconfirmed reports of injuries.
The situation is causing long traffic delays in the area.
Foul play not suspected in discovery of body on Kinvara coastline
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Following the post mortem examination Gardai are treating the discovery of a woman’s body near the coast in Kinvara as a tragedy which rmeans foul play is not suspected
A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30 yesterday morning at Doorus, north of Kinvara
Gardai say efforts to identify the deceased are ongoing this evening
A spokesperson for Gort Gardai told FYI Galway the post mortem examination concluded this afternoon and An Garda Síochána are treating the death as a tragedy