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Galway first time buyers require over 15% of net income for mortgage

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The average first time buyer working couple in Galway requires over 15% of their net disposable income to fund their mortgage.
According to the latest EBS DKM housing index, affordability is now at levels last seen at the end of 2008.
The index reveals that 1,459 homes were bought in County Galway last year, with an average price of 135 thousand euro.
The average earnings for a first time buyer working couple in the county is just under 68 thousand euro – 16 thousand euro less than in Dublin.
Nationally, housing affordability has remained stable over the last year – with just over 19.3% of net income for a working couple purchasing the average property.
Dublin remains the least affordable county in which to buy a house – the average price of a home in Dublin stands at over 234 thousand euro.
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Large parts of North Galway to face water outages today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of North Galway will face water disruptions today due to repair works on a major leak.

Crews are working to address a significant leak on the water main at Carheens, Belclare.

There will be disruption to a large area including Kilconly West, Ballyfruit, Garraun, Liss, Logawannia, Annaghdown, Corrandulla, Headford and Crosswood.

Works are now underway – with disruptions expected to last until 7 this evening.

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Galway information event on hosting Ukrainians families this Thursday (18/08)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An information event on hosting Ukrainians families will take place at NUI Galway this Thursday.

The event will cover what is involved in hosting refugees, the supports available and how to sign up and pledge accommodation.

Recent CSO figures found 2,790 refugess have arrived in the county in total.

The information session takes place from 7 to 8:30PM at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society Building, Upper Newcastle Road.

It is presented by Ukrainians help Ukrainians Galway, Association of Ukrainians in Ireland, The Irish Red Cross, Doras, Irish Refugee Council and Nasc.

Registation is free and can be done on eventbrite.ie.

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Government publishes new action plan on bat species commonly found in West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has published a new action plan on the protection and conservation of a bat species commonly found in the West.

The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is found between Mayo and Co. Cork – with considerable pockets in Galway.

The Lesser horseshoe bat is 1 of 9 bat species found in Ireland, but unlike the other eight species, it has a very limited distribution.

It’s found along the west coast, with significant pockets in West and South Galway.

It’s distribution is linked with broadleaved and mixed woodland, and it mainly roosts in roofs of old houses or outhouses, stables or old cottages.

Measures under the new action plan include a range of site specific actions, such as building new habitats, predator-proofing, and repair of existing roofs and windows in existing roosts.

There’ll also be wide landscaping actions, aimed at improving connectivity between and around roosts, and boosting the availability of suitable foraging areas.

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