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Galway housing crisis grows as waiting list hits 6,000

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There are as many as 6,000 applicants on the waiting list for houses across Galway city and county – and it is taking seven months to fill vacant houses when they become available.

A combination of mortgage debt, social welfare cuts and escalating rents have been blamed for the huge number on the housing waiting list.

And a call has been made for a special task force to be established with Galway County Council that will accelerate the transfer of NAMA property units for social housing.

Fianna Fail candidate Donagh Killilea said that the waiting list had spiralled out of control and there was too much of a reliance on private rented property.

Mr. Killilea is a candidate in the Tuam electoral district in the May local elections and believes that the housing crisis could even worsen over the coming months.

He said that when local authority houses become vacant, it takes seven months turnaround time before they are rented again.

 

“The woefully slow pace of property transfers from NAMA is testament to the failure of Local Authorities to prioritise the issue and provide sufficient support to voluntary housing associations and local authorities. 

“I also believe that the council’s both city and counties over-reliance on private rented property will soon blow up in its face. There should be no mistake about the fact that banks will call in the debt on many investment properties which are currently in private ownership. When that blows up, God only knows what point the waiting list figures will reach.

“Local Authorities have failed to put any flesh on the bones of its lofty 2011 housing strategy.  Instead, we have had re-heated policy announcements and a failure to launch capital investment or help voluntary housing associations to finance projects.

“In Galway, applicants are being told their assessments will take three to five years before they even get to approval stage. The lack of staffing within the councils is pathetic and there is too much pressure on local area housing officers”, Mr. Killilea said.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
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