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Galway City Council exceeds target for social housing delivery

Francis Farragher

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Galway City Council exceeded its target for the delivery of social housing units in 2019, according to the latest report from the local authority’s Chief Executive.

Brendan McGrath, in a report presented to city councillors, said that 744 social housing units had been delivered last year, exceeding by 46 the original target figure of 698.

His report outlined that the HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) and RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) had accounted for most of the social units provided

A total of 546 housing units were delivered under the HAP scheme and 24 under RAS – 39 above the original target figure.

In terms of building houses, the City Council provided 117 units – four short of the target – but acquisitions came in way above the 29-figure set out at the start of the year with 55 units provided.

At the start of 2019, the City Council’s Housing Department had set a target of 41 leasings through the course of the year but only ended up with two.

Mr McGrath said that the provision of 744 units represented a delivery rate of 106% and while a number of housing streams underperformed – in particular leasing – the overall delivery had been positive and above target.

“The below-target number [in the various build streams] can be accounted for by a lower number of units delivered in the Monivea Road turnkey scheme of 22, compared with an anticipated 32 at the start of 2019,” said MrMcGrath.

He added that while the number of units achieved for long-term leasing was below the target, the number of units delivered in the CALF scheme was particularly strong.

CALF is the Capital Advance Leasing Facility to assist Approved Housing Bodies to access private or Housing Finance Agency loan finance for the purchase or construction of social housing units at a fixed 2% interest rate.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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