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City councillors advised how to get land for social housing for free

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City councillors have been told about a way the council could get land for free for the provision of social housing.

The 3 sites at Ballyburke and Keeraun in the Knocknacarra/Rahoon area were originally owned by the Council but were transferred to the Land Aggregation Scheme in 2011 and 2012 as the loans on them were so high.

At last night’s city council meeting Cllr Donal Lyons described the scheme as a type of NAMA within the department of local government.
 
The Dublin based Housing Agency is managing the aggregation of local authority lands.

Official Mr O’Connor last night gave a presentation to city councillors outlining their options for the lands they transferred.

He explained the council may use the land for social housing or other appropriate public uses with the approval of the Department of the Environment.

Mr O’Connor agreed with Mayor Padraig Conneely that other uses could be a swimming pool or hospital but said a school site is separate and would have to be purchased by the Department of Education at market value.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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