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Galway has one of biggest drops in house sales nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has experienced one of the biggest drops in house sales nationwide over the past six months.
That’s according to figures from the CSO – as it’s feared that property is fast becoming beyond the reach of ordinary families.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show a 5 percent drop in house sales nationwide during the first six months of this year.
Galway was significantly above the national average at almost 10 percent – the second highest figure in the country, behind Cork at 12.5 percent.
According to the Irish Independent, while sales of new homes were up by over 15 percent, there was an almost 9 percent drop in the sale of second hand units.
It suggests that buyers are struggling to secure mortgage approval, owners are refusing to sell properties at prices the market can afford, and delays are reported with conveyancing homes.
In Dublin, there was a slight increase in sales of just over 1 percent – which is believed to be largely due to the number of new homes coming on stream.
Meanwhile, a report from property website Daft.ie earlier this month revealed that rental prices in Galway have risen sharply since last year.
In the year to date, rents in the city have risen by 16 percent – while those in the county have climbed by 10 percent during the same period.

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€4.4m funding for ‘Shape-shifting’ implant medical device led by University of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €4.4m in funding has been awarded for a ‘shape-shifting’ implanted medical device led by University of Galway.

The funding from the European Union is for the SMARTSHAPE project – which aims to provide continuous blood pressure monitoring.

Hypertension is the leading global contributor to premature death – but there is no clinical standard of monitoring beat-to-beat blood pressure outside hospital settings.

The SMARTSHAPE consortium is led by Professor William Wijns, Research Professor in Interventional Cardiology at University of Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Professor Wijns explains how this device will benefit patients

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Councillor hits out at ongoing issues of pungent smells of sewage in Gort town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is slamming the lack of action over what he describes as pungent smells of sewage in Gort town.

Councillor Joe Byrne says the odour has escalated in the past 12 months and he claims Irish Water will not address it.

It comes as the town had a boil water notice lifted last month which had been in place since early December of last year.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Byrne explains the impact it’s having on the community:

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UHG had second highest average trolley waiting numbers over winter

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – University Hospital Galway recorded the second highest on average for trolley waiting numbers over the winter months.

According to the Irish Independent, on average, 32 patients were left waiting daily at UHG.

It’s just behind the highest which was Cork University Hospital with an average of 35.

Meanwhile, Portiuncula Hospital, despite having its worst ever January for overcrowding, recorded one of the lowest figures in the country for patients left waiting over a day for a bed across all winter.

44 people were waiting more than 24 hours at Portiuncula – the lowest was in St Luke’s in Kilkenny, with 27 patients left in that position.

Today, 19 people are waiting for a bed in Portiuncula and 46 in UHG

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