Galway Bay fm newsroom – The government needs to make provision for housing on the islands according to a Connemara district councillor.
Councillor Tom Healy says he can’t find any information about how island communities will be sustained in the goverment’s current plan.
The Sinn Féin councillor says the cost of housing on the Aran Islands and Inishbofin is too high for local people to afford.
He claims many tenants are also evicted from properties during the summer due to AirBnb and holiday home demand.
Councillor Healy wants the Housing Minister to urgently consider the unique situation on Galway’s islands and propose a unique policy for the islands:
Local TD highlights impact of cancelled theory tests in areas without public transport
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has used the Dáil to raise concerns over how the cancellation of driver theory tests is impacting on rural areas without public transport.
Deputy Claire Kerrane said she’s been contacted by many young people in Roscommon and Galway who have been given dates, but subsequently had their tests cancelled.
She pointed out that in one case, a young person had their test cancelled seven times.
She argued that while the situation may be replicated nationwide, it is a particularly significant problem for people in rural areas where there are limited, or no, public transport options.
Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane urged Taoiseach Micheal Martin to speak with the Transport Minister to see if anything can be done.
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Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte vows to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has vowed to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes within six months.
The Ombudsman will today call for a date to be set for the practice to finish, when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
Over 1,300 under-65s live in nursing homes at the moment – and Peter Tyndall is strongly critical of that.
Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Integration Anne Rabbitte says she’s hoping to end the practice very soon.
Connemara councillors make call for exemptions for overnight parking of caravans
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara county councillors have passed a resolution calling for exemptions from the standard planning regulations in regard to overnight parking for motor caravans this year.
At a meeting of the municipal district, councillors were told that planning and safety issues normally come into play when facilities for tents and caravans are developed but that the situation would be explored in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
Caravan and motor vans are now a very common sight on the roads of Connemara – a situation brought about by the Covid 19 restrictions on accommodation.
However, facilities and parking space is needed and Councillor Pádraic Mac an Iomaire said at a meeting of Connemara Councillors that the southern part of the area is badly served in this regard.
Councillor Mac an Iomaire suggested that an area at Rosaveal Harbour and parking space at the GAA pitch in Máimín in LeitirMóir could be used for such purposes.
County Council Tourism Officer, Ruth Mulhern instanced initiatives in RosMuc and at the Cashel Community Centre in Connemara.
However, she said a further look at these facilities is needed in regard to the minimum requirements.
Director of Services Michael Owens said he would explore possible exemptions but planning permission and safety measure are the basic requirements in the longer term.