Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that buildings across Galway are at the greatest risk nationwide from sinkholes and subsidence.
Subsidence occurs when the surface ‘sinks’ unexpectedly – which can lead to damaged or destroyed buildings, land and other infrastructure.
Earlier this week, a GAA pitch in Co. Monaghan was destroyed by a sinkhole – leading to the evacuation of a nearby school and the closure of local roads.
Since then, location intelligence software firm GAMMA has identified other areas that may be at risk from similar occurrences.
Using its risk assessment reporting tool known as ‘Perilfinder’, it’s identified Galway, Clare and Roscommon as the counties where buildings are most exposed to potential subsidence issues.
Each county has more than 15 percent of their total buildings – both residential and commercial – falling within a high-risk zone.
That’s significantly higher than the national average of just 5 percent of buildings lying within areas vulnerable to subsidence events.
The map produced by Gamma shows a particularly strong belt of high-risk areas running from South Mayo, through Galway and stretching into North Limerick.
According to the Irish Examiner, buildings in Counties Wexford and Wicklow are the least likely to be affected by subsidence issues.
Half a million euro for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Over half a million euro has been awarded to Galway’s local authorities for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme
The allocation has been made by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and forms part of a national pot worth 18 million euro.
Through this latest funding tranche, Galway City Council will receive 310 thousand euro, while the County Council has been allocated just under 250 thousand euro.
The grants have been announced to support the Disabled Persons Grant scheme and improvement works in lieu of the Social Housing Scheme.
The Disabled Persons Grant scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps and the creation of downstairs bedrooms.
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Calls for City Chief Executive to intervene in long-running dispute over re-design of Kirwan junction
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the City Chief Exeutive Brendan McGrath to intervene in a long-running dispute regarding the design of the planned signalised junction at the Kirwan roundabout, near the Menlo Park Hotel
Over two years ago the Local Authority passed a Part-8 process to change the roundabout, on the Headford Road, to a signalised junction.
At that time, the Collins family, who live adjacent to the junction, raised concerns that the plans would impinge on their property.
They were assured that their concerns would be taken into consideration and an agreement would be reached.
That’s according to Fianna Fail City Councillor Mike Crowe who says discussions he has held with the Transport Section of Galway City Council, on behalf of the family, have proved fruitless.
Councillor Crowe put forward a motion at this week’s meeting of Galway City Council which asked the City Chief Executive to intervene in the matter to bring about a resolution for the Collins family
Mr McGrath promised to review the matter, and speak about it in due course.
One further death, 240 new cases of COVID-19 nationally, at least one of which is in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.
There has now been a total of 1,789 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 16th September, the HPSC has been notified of 240 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 32,023* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 119 are men / 120 are women
- 61% are under 45 years of age
- 47% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
- 44 cases have been identified as community transmission
- 119 in Dublin, 19 in Wicklow, 17 in Kildare, 16 in Donegal, 15 in Waterford, 10 in Limerick, 8 in Cork, 6 in Louth, 5 in Wexford and the remaining 24 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “50% of today’s cases are in Dublin. We are now seeing a higher proportion of cases in older age groups.
“Act now to save lives. Limit your contacts as much as possible. Assume you and those you meet are infectious, keep your distance and do your part to keep others safe.”