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Government unveils Budget 2019 with €66bn in spending

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The government has unveiled Budget 2019 with more than 66 billion euro to be spent next year.

Paschal Donohoe’s announcement contained no surprises in what’s been the most comprehensively leaked budget to date.
2.3 billion euro will be spent on housing next year including 1.25 billion euro to deliver 10,000 social homes next year.
An affordable Housing scheme has been funded which the government hopes will deliver 6,000 affordable homes.
The health budget will be brought to 17 billion and free GP care extended to an extra 100,000 people.
An extra 84 million has been dedicated to mental health services.
Social Welfare payments will rise by 5 euro a week across the board.
Cigarettes will be 50 cent a pack more expensive while alcohol has been left unchanged.
There’s no carbon tax increase but a 1 per cent surcharge has been put on VRT for diesel cars.
The most contentious measure may be upping the VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector to 13.5 per cent.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland has described the move as a dark day for the tourism and hospitality sector.
More at 4pm and full expert analysis on FYI Galway from 5

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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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