Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in Galway city have risen by about 3 per cent in the first three months of this year.
According to the Real Estate Alliance Average House Price Index, an average semi-detached house in the city now costs 265 thousand euro, a rise of 2.9 per cent since December.
House prices in the county are up by about 1.5 per cent since the start of the year, with the average house price costing 150 thousand euro.
REA Agents McGreal Burke say that there are about 10 buyers for every property on the market in Galway.
Year on year, house prices across the country have seen a 9 per cent rise in the last year.
Galway firm rolls out private COVID-19 testing service
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway firm has announced a COVID-19 private testing service as part of an expansion of the firm’s clinical laboratory facilities in the West of Ireland.
Complete Laboratory Solutions is one of Ireland’s largest privately-owned contract laboratories and is based at the Tuam Road in the city.
The private testing service is designed to support proactive asymptomatic screening for COVID-19 and is relevant to all sectors including those that require employees onsite.
Swabbing for clients takes place on a weekly basis onsite, with tests analysed at CLS laboratories and results available in 24 hours.
Any positive tests are reviewed by the CLS clinical consultants and shared with the GP of the person swabbed, with the patient’s GP alerted immediately as well as the local HSE Public Health Department.
Participants can also be provided with certification for travel purposes within a three-day timeframe of the test taking place.
The service is available to both private industry and public health in Ireland.
Evelyn O’Toole is founder and Chief Executive Officer of CLS – she says that by combining best in class technology and systems, the firm has achieved 100 per cent detection level accuracy for its PCR COVID-19 testing service.
Cathaoirleach renews call for decisive action on dealing with control of horses at Headford Road hotspot
Galway Bay fm newsroom – County Cathaoirleach James Charity has renewed his call for robust legislation to deal with the control of stray horses at various hotspots.
It comes as a dead foal was taken from an area of commonage or private land and dumped at the roadside adjacent to the N84.
Councillor Charity became aware of the incident on Saturday evening and it’s understood the animal is to be removed today.
The Independent councillor argues there should be a single body to have overall responsibility for dealing with such incidents and that the body requires teeth to enfore legislation.
He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the incidents occur at the same hotspots and without decisive action will continue.
The Cathaoirleach says animal welfare and road safety are major concerns at the N84 location and it’s time to get to grips with the situation.
EPA report lists five water bodies in Galway with poor ecological status
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Five surface water bodies in county Galway have been given a poor classification for pollution.
Based on data collected between 2013 and 2018, the EPA’s Integrated Assessment report has classified the rivers and lakes in question as having a bad ecological status.
The water bodies include the Kilcolgan river, the Owenriff River in Oughterard, Ballyquirke Lough in Moycullen, Lough Alewnaghta on the Galway to Clare border and the Rinncarna Pools near Ballindereen.
According to the report, the ‘bad’ classification means these water bodies are being severely damaged by pollution and other human disturbances – to the extent it prevents them from supporting most types of aquatic life.
Nationally the EPA has found the number of very clean rivers in Ireland has decreased by 96 per cent over the past 30 years.
Dr Jonathan Derham, from the EPA, says 90 per cent of our energy is generated by fossil fuels – which is causing pollution.