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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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Interim ultrasound service to commence in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An interim ultrasound service is to commence in Tuam from next week.

Galway East TD Seán Canney has received confirmation from the HSE that the service will be available at the Tuam primary care centre from Monday the 8th of March.

Deputy Canney says in relation to the availability of x-ray facilities, the HSE has confirmed they are progressing the detailed design of the required clinical rooms, while the design will be completed by the end of April – with the issuing of tenders to follow.

He says it’s expected the service will be fully operational by the end the year and when completed it’s envisaged that up to 3,000 x-rays and 6,000 ultrasounds will be carried out in Tuam.

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Over 2,000 healthcare staff receive vaccine at centre at Ballybrit racecourse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 2,200 healthcare staff will have received their vaccine at the vaccination centre in Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit by this evening.

The vaccination centre in the east of the city is now approaching one full week of operation.

It began operations last Thursday with the rollout of the COVID-19 injection to healthcare staff across Galway.

Jean Kelly, who has operational responsibility for the vaccination Centre at Ballybrit, says the team will continue to administer first and second doses to healthcare staff including hospital staff, community staff and other healthcare workers.

Staff at the centre will then identify and resolve any minor issues that may arise before it will be used as a vaccination centre for the wider public.

Jean Kelly told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the process takes approximately 20 minutes.

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Galway’s COVID-19 incidence rate down by one third

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 incidence rate has dropped by almost a third week-on-week.

The 14-day infection rate in the city and county now stands at 236.8 with 611 cases of the virus notified over the last fortnight.

That’s down from 327.4 since last Wednesday – a drop of 27%.

It comes as confirmed cases of the virus in Galway’s hospitals are continuing to decline.

There are 14 COVID-19 patients in the city and county today – with 10 at UHG and four in Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

Six of these patients are receiving care in ICU – with five at UHG and one at Portiuncula Hospital.

Nationwide, the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals has fallen by more than 65 percent in the past month.

However, Dr. David Nabarro from the World Health Organisation says eliminating COVID-19 from Ireland is not realistic for the near future.

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