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County Council ramps up inspections of rented properties

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Council has revealed that the inspection of rented properties is now a major priority for the local authority.
It acknowledges that due to staff resources, only a ‘small number’ of such properties were inspected in 2016 in relation to compliance with minimum standards.
A report published by a Government committee in October revealed that Galway County Council had the third worst inspection figures in Ireland.
Meanwhile, Galway City Council was identified by the National Oversight and Audit Commission as having the lowest inspection rate in the country.
Both local authorities have come under fire in recent weeks for the questionable quality of some of the private rented accommodation being offered in Galway.
Galway County Council says staff have now been specifically assigned to inspect properties – and 611 properties have been examined to date.
Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O Clochartaigh says the Council has a duty to ensure accommodation meets minimum standards.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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