City CEO raises concerns over future of housing in Galway
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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Appeal for responsible parking as huge crowds expected at Connemara beaches
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardaí and a local councillor are appealing to visitors to Connemara beaches this weekend to park responsibly.
Gardaí have a particular focus on Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beach in Roundstone.
With thousands of visitors expected, they’re asked to be mindful of where and how they park their vehicles, to avoid causing obstructions to other road users and emergency services.
Local councillor Gerry King has been speaking to David Nevin.
Galway public asked to consider all options before attending ED over bank holiday weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Galway public are being asked to consider all care options before presenting to emergency departments this bank holiday weekend.
The Saolta Hospital Group says combined with the good weather, this weekend will likely bring additional pressure.
Serious accidents, incidents and injuries can’t always be avoided – and that’s what Emergency Departments are for.
But Saolta is reminding people ahead of the bank holiday weekend, that a trip to the ED isn’t the best solution for all medical treatments.
It’s advising that patients who attend ED for routine and non-urgent treatment will experience very long waiting times.
The public are asked to consider all local care options – including pharmacies, GP out of hours services, or the minor injuries unit in Roscommon.
We’re also being urged to be ‘Sun Smart’ this weekend as the good weather is set to continue.
That means staying hydrated, keeping cool, and remembering the sunscreen before spending time outdoors – as well as keeping an eye on the vulnerable, including babies and the elderly.
Catherine Connolly slams Government over “two-tier” approach to refugees
Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has taken aim at the Government over it’s “two tier” approach to asylum seekers and refugees.
She says 23 years after the introduction of direct provision, we are distinguishing between those of colour and those who come from non-Ukrainian countries.
Deputy Connolly claimed the EU has deliberately created a distinction that leads to hatred.
Speaking in the Dáil, she said Ireland’s asylum system falls far short.