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Council refutes claim that it blocked first time buyers in Athenry estate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county council says it takes steps to avoid competing with first time buyers when it acquires homes to use as social housing.
It comes after the local authority bought a block of 14 homes at Lorro Gate in Athenry causing outcry among existing residents.
The residents say the estate has already fulfilled the 20% social housing requirement as outlined in the planning permission.
The latest purchase of 14 more homes will bring the total social housing in the Lorro Gate estate to almost 45%.
Concerns have also been raised that first time buyers and locals have been prevented from buying homes in the estate – as they were sold as one lot.
However, the county council says it takes steps to ensure it doesn’t block first time buyers by checking with vendors before purchase to see if anyone has already made an offer.
It says the fact that the Lorro Gate homes were sold as a single lot was a decision of the vendor – and nothing to do with the local authority.
Athenry Oranmore councillor Jim Cuddy says what’s going on is unforgivable, and existing residents are now facing being thrown into negative equity.

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Refusal of Clifden housing development appealed to An Bord Pleanala

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The refusal of a housing development in Clifden has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

The project, led by TML Properties, would see 27 homes constructed at St. Anne’s Road on the north side of the town.

County planners turned down the proposals in October, citing concerns over the potential impact on the local habitat.

That decisions been appealed to An Bord Pleanala, with a decision due in March.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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