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Galway local authorities to offer first time buyer mortgages of up to 320 thousand euro

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway first-time buyers will be able to apply for local authority mortgages of up to 320 thousand euro from next month.
State aid is to be offered to people to help them buy their first home in a new government backed mortgage scheme.
It’s aimed at those who earn too much to qualify for social housing, but not enough to get a decent homeloan.
The initiative is part of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland plans, and will allow first time buyers to buy both new, second-hand properties as well as financing self builds.
The amount will be capped at 320-thousand euro in Galway city, Dublin, and Cork.
Elsewhere, mortgages of up to 250 thousand euro will be offered.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has admitted it isn’t a complete solution to the housing crisis.
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FYI Dáil hears of significant gaps in youth mental health services in Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Dáil has heard of significant gaps in youth mental health services being offered in Galway.

Contributing to a debate on services nationwide, Deputy Mairead Farrell said the lack of out-of-hours services is a particular local concern.

She cited a recent survey conducted among young people across the county, many of whom have directly accessed services.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell also pointed out that Galway has the highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with youth mental health service Jigsaw.

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Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads

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From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020

That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.

There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.

Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.

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Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.

He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.

Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.

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