Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Council is hoping to take out a 10 million euro loan to carry out extensive improvement works at social houses across Galway.
Housing director Michael Owens says the local authority’s 2,400 housing units are currently maintained on a ‘response’ basis, when problems are reported by tenants.
However, he admitted that this is not the most effective way of maintaining the homes.
The council intends to seek a ten million euro loan over a five year period to bring the housing stock up to standard.
The first step in the process would be a stock survey to determine the extent of works required, and the general condition of council homes across the county.
Works would then be prioritised and carried out over the coming years to help improve the overall standard.
The Council executive also says the stock survey would help the council’s efforts in seeking funding from central government.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.
She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.
She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.