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Eoghan Murphy to establish Galway Housing Delivery Task Force to deal with significant delivery challenges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Housing Minister has outlined plans to establish a Galway Housing Delivery Task Force to deal with significant delivery challenges.

The Minister outlined the plan as he published a breakdown of social housing delivery in 2018.

The report breaks down a range of areas including new build, acquisition, leasing, HAP and RAS for all 31 local authorities.

It finds 21 new social housing units were delivered in the city last year, while 66 new units were delivered in the county.

The report finds there were 3 renovated voids in the city and 10 in the county.

28 properties were acquired in the city and a further 27 in the county.

30 units were recorded under the Rental Accommodation Scheme in the city and a further 6 in the county.

Under the Housing Assistance Payment Scheme, the report details 537 in the city and 352 in the county.

Overall, the report states that the national target for social housing delivery in 2018, under Rebuilding Ireland, was exceeded by 6% and the housing needs of over 27,103 households were met.

Minister Murphy has vowed to establish a Galway Housing Delivery Task Force to deal with significant delivery challenges.

This will be chaired by former Secretary General Geraldine Tallon.

Ms. Tallon currently chairs the Cork Housing Delivery Task Force, which has supported Cork City Council in delivering 117% of its build target and Cork County Council in 126% of its build target.

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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Over €23m for active travel projects across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- More than €23m in funding is on the way to connect communities across Galway and make walking and cycling a safe transport alternative

The Government’s Active Travel Investment Programme will fund 64 projects across Galway city and county.

This will include cycling and footpath infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, public transport measures, investment in the Safe to Schools programme and the development of local greenways.

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