Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contractor has now been appointed to replace an old watermain in Clifden following a long running campaign by concerned local residents.
Residents in the Tullyvogheen and Cúirt Cregg estates have been calling on Irish Water to address ongoing concerns regarding water discolouration and possible contamination.
In June, the EPA requested a timetable from Irish Water for the replacement of the mains concerned along the Galway road.
Irish Water says the design work has been carried out by Galway County Council.
The site investigation will be carried out in the coming weeks.
Construction of the watermain will commence in September.
City Council approves €930,000 loan for housing charities
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has approved a €930,000 loan to supply local housing charities with four properties.
The proposal was brought before Councillors at this week’s Local Authority meeting and was carried unanimously.
The largest loan of almost €300,000 will go to the Peter McVerry Trust to secure a four-bed property at Túr Uisce in Doughiska. The allocation includes €33,000 for essential upgrade works.
Peter McVerry Trust will also provide a second two-bed property at Boireann Bheag in Doughiska at a cost of just under €250,000.
Galway Simon Community has secured €200,000 for a two-bed unit at Lui Na Greine on the Western Distributor Road.
Meanwhile, COPE Galway has been allocated €190,000 to purchase a one-bed apartment at Dominick Street.
The loans have been secured under the Capital Assistance Scheme.
Director of Services for Housing Dermot Mahon told this week’s City Council meeting that properties provided through the scheme are given to families who have accessed homeless services and who are on the housing waiting list.
Galway has second lowest ‘Fair Deal’ support rate nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new survey has revealed that Galway has the second lowest nursing home “Fair Deal” support rate nationwide.
The Nursing Homes Support Scheme provides financial support to people who need long-term nursing home care.
Under the scheme, applicants make a contribution towards the cost of their care in private, public or voluntary nursing homes, while the HSE pays the balance.
However, the latest BDO Ireland and Nursing Homes Ireland Survey reveals Galway currently has the second lowest support rate in the country at €931 per bed per week.
Noting that’s €230 lower than Dublin, where the highest price is paid – BDO Ireland says Galway is not getting a “fair deal” at all.
It argues the assessment system is fundamentally flawed, and needs to shift from a county by county assessment to one that is based on actual care needs.
BDO Ireland points out that for a 65 bed nursing home, which is the average size of home in Ireland today, the difference would be almost €950 thousand a year in patient support.
It also notes that current conditions are leading to a huge rise in market share for large operators compared to owner-operators and voluntary organisations.
This, it warns, could heavily impact on choices for older people in the future, particularly in non-urban settings.
The report concludes that in many areas across Ireland, it’s not economically viable to develop new nursing homes on the Fair Deal rates granted to new facilities.