Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have urged officials to place a fresh focus on the vetting of social housing applicants when new properties become available.
The matter was raised at a meeting of Galway City Council this week where the local authority approved the raising of a loan.
The loan would facilitate a number of approved housing bodies to buy four properties in different parts of the city in order to provide social housing.
The properties are located at An Crumpaun, Luí na Gréine, Ashleigh Grove and Túr Uisce.
However, a number of Councillors stated that the people who would take up the properties would need to be carefully vetted for fear of anti-social behaviour in established communities.
Councillor Pearse Flannery said the city council should carry out thorough background checks on prospective tenants, hear more from him at 2…
Councillors Voice Litany of Complaints About New Kirwan Junction
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Council has heard a litany of complaints about the new traffic system at the former Kirwan roundabout.
It’s claimed communities and businesses nearby are being adversely affected by heavy traffic as a result of drivers trying to avoid the newly developed junction.
It was meant to change the traffic situation for the better, but drivers are taking different routes to avoid the new traffic system and traffic lights at the new Kirwan junction, and other areas are feeling the effects according to City Council members
Councillor Mike Cubbard mentioned rat runs in Tirellan – a term for drivers making short cuts and he stated that the Ballinfoyle area is also affected.
Councillor Niall Murphy said there appeared to be more traffic on the Dyke Road.
Councillor Terry O’ Flaherty said turning right at the Kirwan junction coming out of town was very confusing.
Nearby business parks are also feeling the pressure.
Senior Engineer, Uinsionn Finn stated that tweaking to the system was taking place and he focused on the traffic volumes at the junction – 50,000 vehicles per day and 1,000 pedal cyclists.
The roundabout, he said, was not free of problems and 102 accidents – generally of a minor nature – had occurred there in the past.
Young climate action campaigners to gather for ‘Fridays for Future’ demonstration in city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Galway climate action protestors will gather in the city tomorrow afternoon for a demonstration.
It’s part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ campaign – a worldwide movement of student led strikes to protest the lack of significant climate action by government.
The strike will take place in Eyre Square at 1.30pm.
The instigator of the world movement Greta Thunberg says ‘we can’t change the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to be changed’.
Catherine Mc Donagh is one of the local organisers and also a leaving cert student at Scoil Einne in An Spideal.
She told Galway Bay FM news, students have strong opinions on why they want to protect their environment and their future.
Search for man missing from Athenry
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in finding Nicolas Couch, who is missing from the Athenry area
The 39 year old has been missing since Monday (sept 20)
Nicolas is described as being 6 feet 2 inches in height, of slim build and with blue eyes and greying hair.
When last seen, he was wearing dark jeans, a blue polo top and a black bomber jacket.
Gardaí and Nicolas’ family are concerned for his well-being.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Galway on 091 538000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.