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Galway rural broadband customers to face price hikes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Broadband customers in rural areas of Galway could face price hikes of up to 180 euro.
This is due to end of a Government subsidy to provide broadband in isolated areas, under the National Broadband Scheme.
According to today’s Irish Independent, 3 Ireland has been paid over 80 million euro to operate the National Broadband Scheme over the past 5 years.
Now that the Government funding is due to expire, it’s expected that 3 will raise the price of broadband by as much as 75 per cent for around 45 thousand customers.
This means that homeowners and businesses in rural parts of Galway, Mayo, Cork and Kerry could have to pay an extra 178 euro to keep their service.
Parts of Donegal, Clare, Tipperary and Limerick will also be affected.
Even if you downgrade your package you will still be paying 20 euro more and the company says minimum speeds cannot be guaranteed.
The Government is planning a new National Broadband Plan to bring fibre broadband to small towns and villages but this has yet to be brought before the European Commission for approval and is unlikely to be rolled out before 2016.

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Galway TDs urged to “do their jobs” and secure funding for county roads

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A County Councillor is urging Galway’s TDs to “do their jobs” and secure badly-needed funding for the countys road network.

The call was made by Councillor Declan Geraghty at this week’s meeting of the Ballinasloe Municipal District, where the poor state of the local road network was discussed.

The meeting heard that the non-national road network in the Ballinasloe area stretches over 1,500km.

However, the road restoration programme for the next 3 years only has the budget to cover a tiny fraction of that figure.

Roads are chosen based on a combination of surface condition and traffic volumes.

Councillors this week noted that due to a lack of funding, there are many roads in a terrible state that aren’t included in the 3 year programme.

It’s a problem replicated in every district in the county, and it’s long been argued by councillors and TDs that Galway County Council is chronically underfunded.

Councillors this week were keen to stress that local authority engineers and workers are doing the best they possibly can with completely inadequate funding.

Councillor Declan Geraghty suggested some of Galway’s TDs should spend more time trying to secure extra funding from Government instead of claiming credit for local things they have nothing to do with.

He asked that they “stop acting the blaggard” and start doing some real work – and leave the work of councillor’s to the councillors themselves.

Councillor Dermot Connolly agreed the state of the roads in the region is an embarrassment – and said he found better roads in Africa during his time there.

It was acknowledged by council officials that while road funding has improved in recent years, it’s not enough and has never been enough.

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2,180 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – 2,180 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 — the most new infections reported in one day since late January.

406 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, 71 of them receiving intensive care.

The five-day moving average has increased to 1,851 – up from 1,686 yesterday.

A further 148 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.

Daily figures show there’ve been 43-thousand 423 new cases.

The total number of new infections recorded between last Sunday and today is up 12-point-8 percent on the previous seven days.

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LISTEN: Galway TD calls for Help To Buy Scheme to be extended to vacant properties

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to extend the Help To Buy Scheme to cover vacant properties.

Raising the matter in the Dáil with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Sean Canney said there are vacant properties “splattered” around every town and village.

He asked if cabinet would consider expanding the scheme to help return these properties to the market:

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar accepted it’s a logical proposal and said the issue is being considered.

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