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Gardai locate vehicle in Monivea in search for missing man

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai have located a burnt-out vehicle in Monivea as part of their search for missing man James Ryan.

Teams had been searching for a gold coloured Nissan Almera hatchback which has now been located.

The 39 year old Waterford native had been missing since last Tuesday and was last seen driving the car in the Claregalway area last Wednesday.

Gardai will now carry out forensic tests on the vehicle and have thanked the public for their assistance in the investigation.

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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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