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City Council owed 14 million euro in unpaid rent, rates and loans

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is owed over 14 million euro in unpaid rent, rates and loans.
The figure is contained in an annual audit carried out by the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government.
According to the Irish Independent, some councils are losing out on commercial rates as properties have not been valued.
Nationally, local authorities across the country are owed over 400 million euro in unpaid loans, rents and rates.

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Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Galway hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus being treated at Galway hospitals today.

The two patients are receiving care at UHG.

A further two suspected cases of the virus are being treated at the city’s acute hospital, with one suspected case receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There are 31 patients with COVID-19 being treated in intensive care settings nationwide today with none in ICU settings in Galway.

20 of these are being ventilated.

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Concern over disturbance by ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross outside Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Community concerns over the actions of ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross in the Ballinakill area outside Loughrea were brought before a meeting of the county joint policing committee this week.

Local councillor Michael Moegie Maher said 10 to 12 families in the area are petrified to come out on the road.

He told the meeting boy racers are ‘playing havoc’ for the last couple of months with families with young children unable to sleep at 3 and 4am as the culprits perform doughnut manoevures and create noise disturbance.

Councillor Maher asked if an unmarked car could carry out patrols in the area in a bid to deter the behaviour.

A Garda representative told the meeting the matter was ‘well in hand’ with Gardai conducting patrols and continuing to monitor the situation.

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Galway Simon raises serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Simon Community has raised serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas.

The charity has warned the Christmas period can be very emotional and difficult for people experiencing homelessness.

According to the latest Government figures, there were 368 people, including 50 families and 116 children, living in emergency accommodation in the west during October.

These figures represent an decrease of 14 people, including three families on the previous month.

CEO of Galway Simon, Karen Golden, has welcomed this decrease but says the numbers presenting as homeless in the region are still far too high.

The charity has confirmed it’s seen an increase in demand across its services compared to the same period last year – largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Karen Golden says the charity’s volunteers have been working extremely hard throughout the pandemic to support those in need.

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