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Just 31 social homes built across Galway since 2016




Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just 31 social houses have been built across Galway over the past 3 years.
All of those have been provided by the county council – with the city council failing to provide a single unit since before 2016.
That’s according to new figures which claim that the real number of homes being built nationwide is just a fraction of Government figures.

Both of Galway’s local authorities have a number of social housing projects in the pipeline.
However, the City Council has not constructed a single unit since before 2016 – while the County Council has built just 31 social homes since then.
The Irish Daily Mirror reports that nationally, just 166 social homes were built during the first quarter of this year.
It further found that only 320 homes were built during 2016, while just 1 thousand council houses were provided last year.
It claims the statistics make a mockery of the Government’s repeated claims of ‘thousands’ of homes being built every year.
Six local authorities have built nothing at all since before 2016 – including Galway City Council, which has a waiting list which stretches into the thousands.
Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson, Eoin O Broin, claims the problem is that all local authority led projects are small-scale projects.
He says 11 houses here, or 30 houses there, will not begin to make a dent on the current crisis and large-scale projects are needed.

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Arts Council announces €3m for Galway organisations




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Arts Council has announced funding of €3m for artists and organisations across Galway.

The allocations are part of a €130m investment across the country this year.

The largest allocation in Galway is to the Druid Theatre Company, which will receive €894 thousand.

Next is the iconic Galway Arts Festival, which has been allocated €640 thousand.

€305 thousand is to go to street arts organisation Macnas – while the Babaro children’s festival will benefit to the tune of €294 thousand.

€160 thousand has been allocated to both the Town Hall Theatre and Galway Arts Centre.

While Galway Community Circus and Galway Film Fleadh will both receive €150 thousand.

Cló Iar-Chonnachta Teo has been awarded €85 thousand, while Áras Éanna has received €63 thousand.

Finally, €32 thousand will go to Galway Dance Project.

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17 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 566 nationwide with 25 additional deaths




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 25 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

5 deaths occurred in March,13 occurred in February and 6 in occurred January or earlier*.

There has been a total of 4,357** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 2nd March, the HPSC has been notified of 566 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 221,189*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 280 are men / 284 are female
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 233 in Dublin, 37 in Kildare, 30 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 24 in Westmeath and the remaining 217 cases are spread across all other counties****.

As of 8am today, 489 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 114 are in ICU. 29 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of 28th February, 439,782 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

•           297,899 people have received their first dose

•           141,883 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory. However, we are still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals. We need to keep up our guard against the B117 variant of COVID-19, which we know is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.

“Our willingness to stick with the public health advice in our daily routine has brought us the progress that we can see today. Together, through staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings, we can continue to drive down the spread of COVID-19.”  


*There is one death where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,357 reflects this.

***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 221,189 confirmed cases reflects this.

****County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 02 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases**** (to midnight 02Mar2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 02Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 02Mar2021)

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7-day incidence 91.2
  • 5-day moving average 591
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File for DPP over seizure of Cannabis in Oranmore




Galway Bay fm newsroom – A file is being prepared for the DPP over the seizure of Cannabis in Oranmore.

Shortly after 6.30 on Saturday evening, Gardaí at Oranmore Garda Station conducted a search of a house in the village.

They found a number of suspected cannabis plants worth an estimated €8 thousand, as well as cannabis herb with a street value of almost €4 thousand.

Two men – one aged in his 30’s and the other in his late teens – were arrested at the scene and taken to the Garda Regional Headquarters in Renmore.

Both were later released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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