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Galway TD slams delay in providing equipment for special needs school in Renmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD says pupils at a special needs school in the city are queuing to be toilet changed because they’re waiting for funding for specialised equipment.

Labour TD Derek Nolan raised the issue of Rosedale school this week, slamming the Department of Education for the delay.

However, a decision on the funding is expected in the next 2 to 3 days.

Rosedale school in Renmore caters for children with severe disabilities, who are unable to sit up or use the toilet themseleves.

There is an increased demand for the changing benches following an extra intake of pupils of which there are now 26.

The equipment is essential for ensuring a standard of personal care, comfort and hygiene for the children.

Deputy Derek Nolan raised the issue in the Dáil this week where he criticised the delay in providing the 10 thousand euro for the school.

Responding, Galway East TD and Minister for training and skills said there had been confusion over the type of equipment that could be funded by his Department.

An earlier application for therapy beds as opposed to changing benches would have to be considered by the Department of Health.

A revised application for changing benches is now being considered and a decision is expected to be made in the coming days.

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Renvyle Letterfrack one of five seaside locations to record largest property price hikes since pandemic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Renvyle Letterfrack area in Connemara has been listed as one of the top five seaside locations with the biggest house price increases since the pandemic took hold.

A new report from Daft.ie reveals the price of a home by the coast has risen by an average of 23% since the pandemic began – with Renvyle Letterfrack recorded as having the fourth highest coastal house prices.

Homes in Kilmore Quay in Wexford experienced a jump of over 52% in price, while properties in Dunmore East in Waterford saw a price rise of over 51%.

Residential units in Lahinch in Clare and in Renvyle Letterfrack in Connemara recorded a price hike of over 39%.

Dr. Tom Gillespie, Environmental Economist with NUIG and author of the report, says there’s a clear trend emerging at such seaside locations.

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Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.

Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.

It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.

He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.

Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.

Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.

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329 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 329 Covid-19 cases nationwide.

57 patients with the disease are in hospital – down 3 in 24 hours.

The number in ICU has also dropped by 4 over that time to 19.

There are no local figures available due to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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