Date Published: 09-Jul-2012
There’s been a 44 percent increase in the number of new residential and commercial buildings in Galway for the first six months of the year, bucking the national trend.
Figures compiled by GeoDirectory show that 661 new builds were recorded in the six month period, up from 459 on the same period last year.
Vacancy rates for Galway’s new builds now stand at 11 percent, just under the national average which is trending at 12 percent.
Leitrim has the largest vacancy rates for new buildings at 20 percent, while more new buildings were recorded in Cork City and County than anywhere else, with 825 additions in the 6 months to the end of June.
Today’s figures show a continuing year on year national decrease of 23 percent compared to the same time in 2011, when 7,330 new buildings were added to the GeoDirectory database.
Dara Keogh, CEO of Geo-Directory, says Galway is one of seven counties to buck the national downward trend.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.