Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-Roscommon TD says the Government’s Repair and Leasing Scheme is just another failed attempt to provide social housing.
The aim of the RLS is to assist property owners and local authorities to harness the accommodation potential in certain vacant dwellings nationwide.
Deputy Eugene Murphy says the scheme was expanded nationwide in early 2017 – but only 31 homes have been delivered across Ireland since then.
He believes the scheme is riddled with problems since its inception and has amounted to a miserable failure.
Fianna Fail Deputy Murphy says the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has admitted that the scheme has not delivered.
Concerns raised over bus capacity as children return to school across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over bus capacity issues as children return to schools across Galway today.
City Councillor Martina O’Connor has said it’s vital that no child is left behind as the education sector reopens.
She argues earlier school returns throughout the pandemic have seen numerous incidents of buses being too full to collect school going children from bus stops.
Councillor O’Connor accepts there is a need for reduced capacity on public transport but says the Government must provide additional buses to make sure all children are catered for.
She says young people have suffered a lot in the last year and they deserve to travel to school in comfort.
Bank of Ireland to close three county Galway branches
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bank of Ireland is to close branches in Ballygar, Dunmore and Oughterard.
The bank is shutting 88 outlets in the Republic, and 15 in Northern Ireland.
The Bank will continue to operate with 169 branches, including 15 in Galway.
In a statement, the bank says it will be complemented by a new partnership with An Post, offering Bank of Ireland customers services at more than 66 post office locations across Galway city and county.
Staff have been briefed on this morning’s announcement, with the closures mainly affecting self-service branches and coming into effect by the end of September.
Software integration firm to expand team in West of Ireland
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Software integration firm, SL Controls, is to expand its team in the West with the creation of 15 roles.
The firm will create 15 roles at its Galway and Sligo bases and 50 new jobs overall over the next 18 months.
SL Controls has expanded its employee number steadily and, over the last three years, has increased overall headcount by 40.
A percentage of the new hires will be location independent remote roles and others will be offered the option of hybrid working where employees can combine working from home with working from an office.
SL was established in 2002 and is an international provider of equipment system integrated solutions to a range of brands across a number of industries including medtech, pharma, healthcare and technology.
The firm has offices at Mervue Businnes Park in Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Limerick and Florida and has customers in Ireland, across mainland Europe and the US.