Galway Bay fm newsroom – 758 thousand euro has been secured to bring 53 vacant local authority houses in Galway back into use.
The funding announced by the Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan this afternoon aims to transform one thousand vacant units around the country into high quality family homes.
The county has been allocated 515 thousand euro to return 32 vacant units to use.
The local authority average unit cost is over 16 thousand euro.
The city will receive 243 thousand euro towards 21 vacant units.
This involves an average unit cost of over 11 thousand 500 euro.
Nationally, 1 thousand vacant units will be restored at a cost of 15 million euro.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan says the investment will also support the creation of jobs in the construction sector.
She says many of the restored units should be coming on stream within the coming months.
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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.
52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.
An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.
The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.
More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.
The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.
In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.
The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.