Galway Bay fm newsroom – The price of a home across Galway has rocketed by almost 40 percent.
That’s according to a new national pricing survey, which found the average home in the county now costs 165 thousand euro.
That’s an increase of 38 percent over the past 12 months – and experts predict prices will rise by a further 3 percent during 2018.
Meanwhile, city properties command far greater prices, with the average home now costing 275 thousand euro.
Growth there has been considerably slower at 10 percent – however, further growth of 10 percent is expected over the coming year.
In the city catchment area, The Irish Independent 2018 Price Survey has identified Barna as an upcoming property hotspot for the coming year.
While in the county, particularly high demand is expected for Tuam in particular over the next twelve months due to it’s access to the M17 motorway.
Residential Property Editor with the Irish Independent, Mark Keenan, says the increases across Galway are the highest nationwide.
Mr Keenan says stifled development in Galway is causing house prices to increase rapidly – and parts of the city may soon rival prices in Dublin.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.
She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.
She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.