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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Minister says “no question” Loughrea bus service must be examined
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Cabinet Minister has accepted there is “no question” that the lack of bus services to Loughrea must be examined.
Minister Darragh O Brien was responding to a question from Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon, who said the situation is unacceptable.
He argued it’s just 30 minutes from Galway City and has a population of 6 thousand – but there’s no service after 6.30pm.
Cabinet Minister admits delays to Galway Housing Taskforce report “unusual”
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Cabinet Minister has admitted that major delays to a report from the Galway Housing Taskforce are “unusual”.
The matter was raised in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly.
She pointed out there’s not been one single report produced since the taskforce was set up by Government in 2019 to analyze the local housing crisis.
Speaking in response, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohue wasn’t aware of the specifics – but admitted it is unusual.
Traffic disruption expected in Doughiska as three-day works get underway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Traffic disruptions are to be expected in Doughiska and Roscom from this evening as three-day road surfacing works take place.
The works will get underway at 6pm between the Old Dublin Road and the Ros Caoin estate.
A one-way system will be in place, and motorists will only be able to drive southbound, with only emergencies allowed north of Ros Caoin junction.
The works are taking place today Tuesday, tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday between 6pm and midnight.