Housing waiting list in county jumps by almost two thirds
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Households seeking a council house in the county have jumped by 64 percent since last year.
Figures supplied to the Irish Times show the biggest jump in the country was in County Roscommon which had 252 households on the list last year, and now has 516.
It comes ahead of the launch today of a new Housing Action Group which will see mothers affected by homelessness lobby the Government to make the housing crisis its top priority.
Figures show six new people are now becoming homeless every day in Ireland.
Co-founder of the Housing Action Group Gwen Connell says the Government can’t continue to ignore the problem.
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Incidents of hate crime increased in Galway last year
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- There has been a slight increase in reported incidents of hate crime in Galway.
Last year, 22 cases of hate crime and hate related incidents were reported in the county Garda Division – an increase on the 17 reported in 2021.
Half of last year’s incidents in Galway related to race.
Across the country there were 582 reported incidents of such crimes, an increase of almost a third compared to 2021.
Stephanie Rohan gives some examples of the incidents reported nationally last year:
Thousands of students expected to attend upcoming open days at Galway universities
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Thousands of students are expected to attend open days at University of Galway and Atlantic Technological University Galway this Saturday (25/03).
There are over 100 talks organised for the University of Galway’s open day from 9am to 3pm.
Student Recruitment Officer, Caroline Duggan says there will be a range of different talks:
Meanwhile, ATU Galway is welcoming prospective students to its Dublin Road, Wellpark Road cand Connemara campuses until 1PM.
ATU School Liaison Officer, Lorraine Cunningham describes some of what ATU has to offer as it approaches its first anniversary of becoming a university:
Public info events to be held on Galway-Athlone cycleway project
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Four public information events will be held across the county next week on the Galway-Athlone cycleway project.
People are invited to view the preferred route for the 205km stretch, which is expected to run from Ballyloughane Beach to Athlone Castle in Westmeath.
It will pass through lands adjacent to Oranmore, Renville, Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Kinvara, Gort, Woodford, Portumna, Meelick, Clonfert, Ballinasloe and Shannonbridge.
The info events will be hosted at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Tuesday March 28th, the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort on March 29th, Portumna Community Hall on March 30th and at the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on March 31st.
Each session will take place from 3-8pm.
Senator Aisling Dolan says the cycleway will have many benefits for the local area: