Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that Galway City Council had the worst record for social housing nationwide last year.
The local authority built no social housing at all – and acquired the fewest number of units in the entire country.
That’s according to figures from The Department of Housing – which also show that Galway County Council did not fare much better.
In a breakdown of social housing output nationwide last year, Galway City Council is one of 6 local authorities which constructed no social housing.
It also acquired just 7 properties over the 12 months – the lowest figure in the country.
Meanwhile, Galway County Council built 31 social housing units last year and acquired 10 more.
The Government’s ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ programme currently aims to provide almost 2 thousand homes in Galway between 2018 and 2021.
However, it’s faced sharp criticism over figures on the construction of social housing across the state – with opposition TD’s claiming figures ‘on the ground’ do not remotely match the figures being offered by the Housing Minister.
With such a poor record to date, many believe there’s little chance the Government will be able to deliver on a commitment given to deliver 47 thousand units by 2021.
City planners waiting on further information before decision on planned Wetherspoons
City planners are still waiting for further information before a decision can be made on a planned Wetherspoons in the city centre.
The project would see the British pub chain convert the former Carbon Nightclub at Eglinton Street.
Galway’s first Wetherspoons would be a two-storey bar and restaurant with a rooftop terrace, that would be known as ‘The Three Red Sails’.
The latest the bar would be open would be 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, with an 11pm closing time on Sunday, and 11.30pm Monday to Thursday.
Wetherspoons says it’ll be students from the University of Galway that will primarily provide a market for the multi-million euro development.
Planning permission was sought in July – but city planners are waiting for more information from the developer before any decision can be made.
Clarification is needed on a number of issues, including noise impact and dampening efforts, the floor area of the plans, and planned alterations to a rear boundary wall overlooking an adjoined estate.
Wetherspoons purchased the former Carbon Nightclub premises in 2019 – but development plans were delayed due to COVID-19.
International House Galway gone into liquidation with close to 200 international students affected
It has been confirmed that International House Galway has closed its doors and gone into liquidation raising concerns for international students based in the City.
International House Galway is part of International House which offers courses in English and teaching English as a foreign language as well as mini-stay and summer programmes.
It is understood that as many as 200 students could be affected by this closure.
A letter released to partners from International House Galway and obtained by Galway Bay FM News announced the Liquidation and said that it has not been possible to generate enough sales income to cover the debts accrued as a result of the negative impact of Covid and to service the ongoing costs of the business.
The letter concluded by saying the directors are in the process of appointing liquidators and a meeting of creditors will then be called.
The Irish Council for International Students said it is “deeply concerned” about the “sudden closure” of IHG.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News CEO of Galway Cultural Institute David Niland explained that international students who have enrolled in International House Galway will be protected by protection of enrolled learners meaning they will be able to continue their studies elsewhere.
Laura Harmon, Executive Director of The Irish Council for International Students said while it is encouraging that students will be the opportunity to finish their studies in other schools, they are continuing to monitor the situation.
Galway Arts Festival’s Paul Fahy receives top level French cultural award
The director of the Galway International Arts Festival – Paul Fahy – has received a top level French cultural award
He was named as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a title granted to artists who promote French culture and heritage across the world.
The long established honour is in recognition of Paul’s significant work in the arts, the promotion of France-Ireland relations and the contribution of his work to the cultural influence of France in Ireland and beyond.
Previous recipients include actors Cate Blanchett, Jude Law and George Clooney; filmmaker Tim Burton; dancer Rudolf Nureyev; authors and Ireland’s Van Morrison, Neil Jordan and most recently Garry Hynes in 2022.
The ceremony took place at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin with Paul’s family and colleagues from the arts industry in attendance.
Paul Fahy says he’s thrilled and the award is an acknowledgment of the work he does with all arts organisations
Paul explains the similarities between France and Galway’s artistic cultures