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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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Measures to support participants of Community Employment and Tús Schemes welcomed by Galway deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The announcement Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes has been welcomed by Galway West/South Mayo deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.

Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.

This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.

And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.

Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv welcomed this decision saying it will allow people return to work, who could not work during Covid-19, and also allow them to finish courses they were on.

Deputy O’Cuiv said that it will be a relief for those who are on the schemes but added that he would like to see more done.

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Health officials confirm 431 new cases of Covid-19

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This is the highest number of cases in Ireland since the 4th of June when 529 cases were reported.

However, the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to fall with 58 people currently in hospital with the virus.

The number of people in ICU also continues to drop with 22 are in ICU.  The lowest this year and a reduction of 2 on yesterday.

The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation.

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Works to get underway on major extension at Craughwell National School

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Galway bay FM Newsroom – Works are to get underway on a major extension at Craughwell National School in the coming weeks.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says a contractor has now been approved for the project, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete.

The works will consist of a two storey, eight classroom extension, as well as the refurbishment of the existing school building.

Fine Gael Deputy Cannon says the project will be transformative for the school, which has seen a significant increase in enrollment over the last ten years.

Deputy Cannon says the contractor should be moving on site over the school summer holidays.

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