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Government may increase property tax for vacant homes in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government is considering raising property tax on vacant properties in rent pressure zones such as Galway city.
The proceeds would be used to cut income tax and build more homes.
According to today’s Irish Times, property tax could be be almost doubled for property owners in areas where there is a high demand for housing.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already said that he plans to cut income tax, even if it means raising other taxes.
The prospect of increasing property tax on vacant homes will be examined by Finance Minister, Michael Noonan and Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy.
Under new legislation, rents in rent pressure zones are only permitted to rise by 4 per cent annually.
Parts of Galway city, Cork city and its some of its suburbs, commuter counties around Dublin and all of Dublin itself have been classified as rent pressure zones.

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NUIG research finds high rate of kidney disease among adults with diabetes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUIG have found that over 40% of patients attending a dedicated diabetes clinic had signs of established chronic kidney disease.

The study was carried out by academics at NUI Galway and clinicians at University Hospital Galway Diabetes Centre and involved more than 4,500 patients in the West.

The findings suggest that, despite careful medical management, a relatively high proportion of people with diabetes in Ireland will develop chronic kidney disease over time and are at risk of kidney failure and other complications.

Diabetes is now the number one cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure worldwide.

Professor Matthew Griffin, consultant at Galway University Hospitals and researcher in NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences said the study was based on the results of commonly-performed blood and urine tests.

He said the frequency of chronic kidney disease was higher in those with type 2 diabetes.

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Garda investigation following road crash at Cloughanover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating following a single vehicle road crash which occurred on the N84 outside Headford at the weekend.

The incident took place at approximately 4am yesterday (June 13) when a vehicle crashed near a car dealership based in Cloughanover.

A number of parked vehicles at the dealership were damaged as a result of the collision.

The driver, a man aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Garda investigations are ongoing.

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Pilot Covid-19 antigen testing scheme begins at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot scheme of rapid Covid-19 antigen testing is being introduced at NUI Galway and three other colleges.

The project, which will be called UniCov, will conduct a large-scale analysis of rapid testing technologies to support students returning to campus.

The scheme begins today at NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork.

Thousands of students and staff will participate in the study which will be optional.

It comes as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris will bring a memo to Government tomorrow confirming a significant increase in on-site college activity from September.

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