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Just 31 social homes built across Galway since 2016

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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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Tuam student wins award for outstanding business and accounting Leaving Cert results

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The inaugural N17 Plaza Business Award has been presented to University of Galway student, Eimhin Mulligan.

The award, exclusive to St Jarlath’s College in Tuam, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers related to business.

Eimhin, who did the Leaving Cert last year, excelled in both business and accounting exams

He’s now studying for a Commerce Degree at University of Galway.

Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, presented the cash prize and a plaque at a function at the secondary school campus in Tuam

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanala over apartment block at Ballymoneen Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against approval for an apartment development at Ballymoneen Road.

The project, led by Crescent Co. Ownership, would include 17 apartments in a mix of single and two-bed units.

The three-story building would be located on a site near the existing Portacarron estate and the Western Distributor Road junction.

The plans were given the green light by city planners earlier this month.

An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala – with a decision due in May.

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New care programme for older people launched at embattled Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new care programme for older people has been launched at Clifden District Hospital.

The clinic aims to cater to those with complex health and social care needs in their own community.

The new clinic comes amid long-running local concerns on the future of the hospital, difficulty in recruiting staff, and the downgrading of services.

The First Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons – or ICPOP – is a one-stop shop for those with complex health and social care needs.

It aims to shift the delivery of care away from acute hospitals towards community based, planned and co-ordinated care.

The team will work closely with local GP’s and Primary Care staff, in line with the vision for Sláintecare.

Galway Bay fm news contacted the HSE for comment, but was told no-one was available at this time to discuss the new clinic.

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