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Galway Simon Annual Report says homelessness set to worsen

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community says the homelessness situation in Galway is going to get worse before it gets better.
The organisation launched its Annual Report for 2017 in the city last evening.
It shows that Galway Simon supported 537 households last year to prevent them becoming homeless or find them housing if they had become homeless.
378 were single people, there were 126 families and 33 couples.
Galway Simon says 2017 was the charity’s most challenging year since it began providing services nearly 40 years ago.
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 4…

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Plan to amalgamate Forster Court Hotel with former tourist office

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans to amalgamate the Forster Court Hotel in the city with the adjoining former tourist office.

The proposal is led by Connacht Hospitality Forster Street Ltd.

It would see internal alterations to amalgamate the hotel with the adjoining building formally known as ‘Aras Failte Tourist Information Office’ at basement, ground and first floor levels.

This would also involve a change of use of the adjoining building from tourist information centre including ancillary offices and retail space to a hotel or conference centre.

The development would make way for 11 hotel suites at first floor level, as well as alterations at ground floor level to facilitate the enlargement of the existing Forster Court Hotel restaurant bar area and new conference centre reception.

City planners are due to make a decision this month.

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Number of Covid-19 patients at Galway hospitals continues to fall

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients being treated in Galway Hospitals for Covid-19 has continued to drop steadily.

There are now just 13 patients being treated in the city and county – 10 at UHG, and a further 3 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

There are 4 patients with the virus in the ICU at UHG, while there are no Covid-19 patients in the ICU at Portiuncula.

Nationally, 426 people with Covid-19 are in Irish hospitals today – the lowest number since December 29th.

105 of those patients with the virus are in intensive care.

Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs NPHET’s modelling group, says the country’s R number remains below 1 – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Higher planning authority to consider proposal for over 100 residential units at Roscam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision next month on a plan to build over 100 residential units in Roscam in the east of the city.

The application is led by Alber Developments Ltd. with the development to be located at lands to the south of Rosshill Road.

The stragegic infrastructure project sets out to deliver 35 apartments, 67 houses and a childcare facility.

The higher planning board is due to make its decision in April

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