The average monthly rents for all dwellings let in Galway City in the second quarter of this year rose marginally to €844.
That was up by just €12, or 1.5%, when compared to the prevailing average rent in the second quarter of last year, when the amount was €832 – the figures are for all properties registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).
Newcastle was shown as the most expensive part of the city to rent a house or apartment, at €1,032 on average – an increase of 9.5%, or €89 a month on the second quarter of 2013.
Next most expensive areas of the city and surrounding area were Woodquay (€942), Bohermore (€881), Wellpark (€855), Barna (€840), Roscam (€836), Salthill (€825) – the area with the smallest increase (1%) on last year – and Ballybane (€820).
At the lower end of the monthly rental market came Oranmore (€715), Doughiska (€730), Ballybrit (€739), Renmore (€752) and Knocknacarra (€806) and Rahoon (€807)
In terms of the kind of property rented, a three-bed semi-detached home in Galway city cost €789 a month on average, while average monthly rent for a two-bed apartment was €767.
Galway is the dearest city outside of Dublin in which to rent a home. Average monthly rents rose in Dublin by €50 or 4.8% (€1,101), in Limerick by 2.3% (€625) and in Cork by 0.8% (€825) and fell by 1.8% in Waterford (€536), compared with the same period last year.
The average rent for County Galway was €767, up by €10 on last year.
The findings are drawn from the PRTB’s Average Rent Dataset, which is part of a comprehensive Rent Index compiled for the board by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). They reflect the actual rents being paid, as distinct from the asking or advertised rent.
The average rent is based on rents registered with the PRTB for all dwelling types (houses and apartments; one, two or more rooms) – a more detailed area by area breakdown is available at www.prtb.ie.
On an annual basis nationally, rents were 5.2% higher than in Q2, 2013. Nationally, rents for houses were 3.7% higher, while apartment rents were 6.9% higher than in the same quarter of 2013.
Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island
Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.
A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.
Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.
It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.
Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.
Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash
A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.
At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.
The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.
Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.
Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.
It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.
In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.
In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”
It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.
“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.
“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”
Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.
The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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