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Concerns over criteria for flooded homes relocation scheme in County Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW’s voluntary home relocation scheme is being criticised by county councillors for excluding homeowners who managed to protect their properties through sandbagging.
The matter was discussed as officials presented an update on CFRAM which has approved three flood projects for Galway in Ballinasloe, Clifden and Portumna.
Under CFRAM criteria, the home relocation scheme is open to homeowners who had flood water enter and damage their property during the major flooding episode in 2015.
Oranmore/Athenry District Cathaoirleach Malachy Noone said homeowners had learned from the 2009 floods and taken action to protect their homes in 2015.
Councillor Peter Feeney said the unfortunate people who took action in 2015 are still at the same risk of flooding today under the current system.
Council officials advised there is an independent property protection scheme which may assist these households in future.
The meeting heard this is going through a pilot phase at present with a view being rolled-out in 2019.
Cathaoirleach Malachy Noone said lessons were learned following flooding in 2009 and those who protected their homes should have supports open to them.

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Galway records average of 99 Covid cases per day as holiday season continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is recording an average of 99 Covid 19 cases per day over the last five days.

As the West continues to experience a fourth wave, a significant increase in cases has been noted in tourist hotpsots such as Galway city, the Aran Islands and Westport.

The walk in test centre in the city is now recording a positivity rate of 12.8%, while the centre in Carnmore has a positivity rate of 10.5%.

Director of Public Health in the West Breda Smyth says there is a very high infection rate in the city at the moment with the age profile predominantly in the under 40s.

She has urged the younger cohorts of the population, particularly those aged between 19 and 30, to avail of a vaccine in a pharmacy or by registering on the HSE vaccine portal.

Breda Smyth told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks there is a high level of infection in the community and the public health guidelines are key in surpressing the virus as the holiday season continues.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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393 Galway claims recorded by Personal Injuries Assessment Board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 393 Galway claims were made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board last year.

2,898 claims came from Dublin, 884 from Cork and 590 from Limerick.

Nationally, there was a 16 per cent decrease in the volume of claims made to the board.

Awards have halved since new guidelines were introduced in April.

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board is publishing its annual report for 2020 this morning.

26,009 new claims were dealt with last year – with 206 million euro worth of compensation given out to accident victims.

The number of personal injuries claims made to the board fell by 16 per cent in 2020, mainly due to the pandemic.

There were far fewer people on the roads, attending workplaces or meeting together in public – and so there were fewer accidents.

In 2020, the average award was just over 24,000 euro.

Last year was the last full year the Book of Quantum was used to determine compensation amounts.

New guidelines came into effect on April 26th of this year – and the PIAB says the average awards has halved since then.

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West records second lowest level of residential construction during June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West recorded the second lowest level of residential construction during June.

Research from data analytics firm GeoDirectory shows just 10% of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland last month were in Connacht – just ahead of Ulster at 6%.

Over 50 percent of the new homes being built in June were in the Leinster region.

According to the report, more than 18 thousand houses and apartments were being built last month compared to 13 thousand at the same time in 2020.

CEO of GeoDirectory Dara Keogh, says the construction sector is showing signs of recovery since the pandemic.

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