Galway Bay fm newsroom – Substantial funding has been announced for community groups across the county to help support rural life.
LEADER funding of 150 thousand euro has been allocated for projects which aim to make areas better places to work and live.
120 thousand euro has been allocated to Letterfrack to enhance a planned community services building with sporting facilities.
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Galway Roscommon TD says faulty phone lines putting elderly at risk
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD is calling on Éir to repair faulty phone lines, saying they are leaving elderly people without a monitored alarm service.
Roscommon/Galway deputy Eugene Murphy took a swipe at the phone and broadband provider in the Dáil this week during leader’s questions.
He raised concerns that elderly people are being left stranded because they cannot use personal alarm pendents due to defective landlines.
Deputy Murphy says the Government needs to challenge Éir on the issue.
The Fianna Fáil TD’s concerns were echoed by Minister Michael Ring who blasted Éir for the situation.
To hear more from Deputy Murphy and Minister Ring, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..
IBEC outlines necessary upgrades to make Galway more sustainable into future
Galway Bay fm newsroom – IBEC has issued an end of year report outlining several recommendations to make Galway more sustainable and balanced into the future.
The enterprise body has complied the report following a conference in Galway earlier this year, where feedback was collected from local business owners.
The guidelines cover key areas such as traffic management, housing, transport, broadband and education.
Some of the suggestions include completing the Galway Ring Road project, increasing funding for higher education instructions and the roll out of the National Broadband Plan.
Senior Regional Policy Executive for Ibec Helen Leahy says Galway is in a great position to grow but better infrastructure is needed.
Galway city has highest reliance on electrical home heating
Galway bay fm newsroom – Galway city has the highest reliance on electrical home heating nationwide according to a new report.
According to the CSO, at least 10 percent more homes in Galway rely soley on electrical heating than in any other county.
Oil is the most common home heating fuel in both Galway city and county; heating 40 percent of city and 66 percent of county homes.
Electrical heating is twice as popular in Galway city compared to Galway county, while gas heating is used three times more in city homes.
Nationally, over 850 thousand Irish homes have been awarded BER certificates since 2009.
Building Energy Ratings or BER certificates range from A to G and signify a building’s energy performance.
BER certificate works in a similar fashion to energy efficiency ratings on household appliances.
Just three percent of homes in Galway City and two percent in Galway County have and A rating, while most homes surveyed across the city and county are C rated.
Homes built during and before the 1980s account for a high number of D to G ratings nationwide.
The average age of homes in Galway city and county is 25 and 28 years respectively.
Dublin has the highest number of A rated home, while Leitrim recorded the lowest number since the survey began.
Leitrim and Roscommon have the highest number of G rated homes, largely due to the high proportion of older houses in both counties.
BER ratings for new builds have almost tripled over the last four compared the period 2010 to 2014.
Meanwhile, 97 percent of homes built since 2015 are A rated.