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Galway homeowners spend average of 14 thousand euro on home improvements

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway homeowners spend about 14 and a half thousand euro on home improvements.
The figure has been revealed by the Construction Industry Federation of Ireland which says that nationally, homeowners spent 1.7 billion euro in total through the Home Renovation Incentive, since it was introduced in 2013.
The HRI provides homeowners with an Income Tax credit at 13.5 per cent of qualifying expenditure on home improvement works.
The largest amount of work was carried out by completing home extensions, followed by general repair and then window replacement.
Dublin homeowners spend the most on home improvements – on average about 18 thousand 700 euro, well above Galway’s average spend of 14 thousand 500.
The total spend on the HRI in Galway since 2013 has been 65 million euro.
Director of the Construction Industry Federation Tom Parlon says the scheme has been a huge success.

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Taoiseach pledges action on Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has pledged action on the issue of Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions.

It’s after Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv highlighted restrictions on a new caravan loan scheme introduced by the Government.

He argued it’s unacceptable that the scheme only covers 75 caravans in the entire country – and slammed the Government for its “petty-mindedness”.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how in Galway, 24 replacement caravans are urgently needed – but approval was only given for four.

He says as the temperature plummets, many Travellers are living in freezing caravans and mobile homes that are decades old.

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Tanaiste says new National Construction Technology Centre in Galway will enable faster, better building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tánaiste says the new National Construction Technology Centre at University of Galway will help us build more, build faster, and build better.

Leo Varadkar launched Construct Innovate at a special event this afternoon, before taking a guided tour of the Alice Perry Engineering Building.

The new centre aims to accelerate research and innovation in the construction sector and position Ireland as a global leader.

Speaking outside University of Galway this afternoon, the Tánaiste said Construct Innovate will play an extremely important role.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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