Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Four people are currently in hospital in Galway City and County with Covid-19 following recent figures released by the HSE.
As of 8pm yesterday evening, two are in Galway University Hospital and two are in Portiuncla Hospital Ballinasloe.
However, of the 23 who are currently in ICU nationwide, there are no cases in ICU in either hospital.
Meanwhile the incidence rate across Galway City and County is generally lower than the rest of the country with most recording rates about or below 100 cases per 100,000.
The highest incidence rate is Galway City East on 169 with two other areas in the city also recording rates slightly above the state average of 150.8.
The two highest incidence rates in the Country according to the HSE are Buncrana and Carndonagh in Donegal.
Gardai at the scene of a road traffic collision on the N83 at Knockdoe
Planning to proceed for controversial social and affordable housing development in Claregalway
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council has outlined the timeline for a controversial plan for a large scale social and affordable housing development on the Oranmore Road in Claregalway as the first stage of the project secures departmental approval
An application for the first stage of the development planned for 7.2 acres of land at Droim na Gaoithe, cose to Claregalway Corporate Park, has been approved by the Department of Housing.
A management report presented to Galway County Councillors this week outlined a timescale for further steps in the process with a projected building start-up date of summer, 2022.
Stage one of the Claregalway housing plan is focused on 45 social houses and it cleared the first hurdle in recent days when the Department of Housing gave approval to Galway County Council to proceed with planning.
Preparations for the housing project, which has proved controversial in the area, will now proceed further.
In a report to this week’s meeting of the Council, CEO Jim Cullen stated that a planning application will be made before the end of 2021. This may be handled under part 8 or part 10 of the Planning legislation. If permission is given, building could begin in a year’s time.
The cost of this first phase is put at €10.8m
The cost of the following phase on the project site, close to the Oranmore road, is estimated at €11.25m. and that would involve the provision of another 45 houses in what is known as the Affordable Housing category. These second phase houses would be purchased at a fixed price.
Athenry announced as one of 20 ‘Poetry Towns’ across Ireland
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Athenry has been announced as one of 20 ‘Poetry Towns’ across Ireland.
It’s part of an initiative by Poetry Ireland, that will see a range of free poetry-related activities take place in specially selected towns.
Each town will have an appointed Poet Laureate that will commissioned to write a poem celebrating their local area.
Each poem will be revealed in participating towns at a flagship event that will feature contributions from local poets, artists and musicans.
The full programme for each town will be made available at the end of August and further information is available at poetrytown.ie.