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Galway Mountain Rescue to get funding boost

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mountain Rescue team is to benefit from a new grant announced by the Government.
A one-off grant of 200 thousand euro is being provided for the 12 mountain rescue teams across the country.
It’ll enable the voluntary teams to buy new vehicles and equipment.
Meanwhile, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar says he will hold discussions with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald about oversight arrangements for Mountain Rescue teams.
They currently fall under the remit of the Department of Justice and Equality as an emergency service.
The Department of Transport administers the grants scheme and the coast guard chairs the National co-coordinating committee for mountain and cave rescue.
Chris England from Mountain Rescue Ireland says the grant amounts to almost a full years running costs.
He says rising tourist figures and more people taking to the mountains means the number of rescues is rising sharply.

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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CEO of Galway Chamber takes aim at social media “celebrations” over quashing of Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Galway Chamber says he was angered to see some of the “celebrations” on social media over the technical quashing of the Galway Ring Road.

It follows final orders issued in the High Court this week in judicial review actions taken against the granting of permission.

The green light from An Bord Pleanala was quashed, because it failed to take into account the Government’s newest Climate Action Plan.

A planning application for the €600m project will now have to be reconsidered by the planning body – though it will not be going fully back to the drawing board.

It’s not known how long the process might take or when we might expect a final answer.

Speaking to Galway Talks, CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery said there’s little reason for celebration.

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Galway Mountain Rescue aid hypothermic walkeron Maumtrasna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mountain Rescue have taken part in an operation to rescue a lost walker suffering from hypothermia – on Maumtrasna Mountain in Co. Mayo.

The solo walker became exhausted and lost in poor weather conditions late yesterday afternoon.

Galway Mountain Rescue worked with Mayo Mountain Resuce and Rescue 118 helicopter – to locate the casulty in fading light.

They were suffering from hypothermia and were unable to walk off the mountain – and were successfully airlifted to Mayo General Hospital.

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