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City Council worst on record for social housing during 2017

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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.

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Galway to share in 50 million euro national fund for walking and cycling projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is set to avail of a €50m fund announced by Government to create more walking and cycling routes in rural towns and villages

The scheme from the Department of Transport is open to local authorities outside Ireland’s main urban centres.

County Councils are being asked to identify convenient and direct routes for active travel modes for pedestrians and cyclists.

Eligible projects could include new footpaths or cycle tracks, bicycle parking, repair of existing infrastructure, improved crossing facilities and design work for future pedestrian or cycle bridges.

Local authorities have until January to supply a list of projects after which point the exact amount of funding awarded to Galway will be revealed.

Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughten says the focus is on promoting active travel in rural communities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Pocket sized card of mental health supports to be rolled out in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pocket-sized card containing key contact points of support for those who find themselves struggling with their mental health is to be rolled out in Galway.

It’s part of ‘Connecting for Life’, a suicide prevention action plan for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

The initiative forms part of a drive to reduce suicide from 2015 to 2020, and sets out a vision of an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and well-being.

The ‘Numbers If You Need Them’ cards are being distributed in the coming weeks.

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Call for urgent action on dangerous N83 junction at Castlegar

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD is calling for urgent action on a dangerous junction on the N83 at Castlegar.

Deputy Noel Grealish says the junction – where two local roads join the main road near McHugh’s Pub – has been the scene of serious, sometimes fatal, accidents.

He says local people are frustrated with a lack of action despite a long-running campaign for a series of remedial works to be carried out.

These proposed works include traffic calming measures as well as the provision of street lighting to improve visibility.

Deputy Grealish argues it’s a well known accident black-spot and it’s only a matter of time before another serious accident happens…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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