Galway Bay fm newsroom – The granting of planning permission for a major housing estate in Tuam is the first step in the right direction to tackle a ‘chronic’ shorting of housing in the town.
That’s according to local area councillor Tom McHugh, who says the green light for the development of 128 homes at Ballygaddy Road is a relief.
Arlum Limited is leading the project, which was submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala as a Strategic Housing Development, and on which work is expected to begin by year end.
Councillor McHugh believes the time is now ripe for significantly increased development in Tuam.
He also believes that proposals to reduce the boundary of Tuam town would have a negative impact on housing potential.
Tune in to FYI Galway at 5 to hear what Cllr McHugh has to say…
Galway has fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway now has the fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide.
According to the latest health figures, the infection rate per 100,000 of population in the city and county now stands at 439.
With 1,134 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks, the incidence rate in Galway now stands at 439.
That’s a 40% increase on this time last week, when the infection rate stood at 256 – with 663 cases recorded over that two-week period.
Nationwide, Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 952, followed by Louth at 603, Laois at 454 and then Galway.
Meanwhile there are 16 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today – with 12 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Two of the patients are being treated in the intensive care unit at UHG.
Anger over destructive vandalism to facilities at Loughrea Lake
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is expressing anger at destructive vandalism at facilities at Loughrea Lake over the weekend.
Councillor Moegie Maher says there’s been considerable physical damage caused, as well as graffiti sprayed on the freshly painted walls.
Graffiti has been a persistent issue at the popular amenity in recent years – though the latest developments mark a major escalation in the vandalism.
Over the weekend, vandals damaged bathroom fixtures and piping, kicked down doors, sprayed graffiti on internal walls and also set a number of bins on fire.
Councillor Maher says Gardaí are doing all they can, and due to GDPR issues, CCTV cannot be installed at the location.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he outlined what happened over the weekend.
Galway records average of 99 Covid cases per day as holiday season continues
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is recording an average of 99 Covid 19 cases per day over the last five days.
As the West continues to experience a fourth wave, a significant increase in cases has been noted in tourist hotpsots such as Galway city, the Aran Islands and Westport.
The walk in test centre in the city is now recording a positivity rate of 12.8%, while the centre in Carnmore has a positivity rate of 10.5%.
Director of Public Health in the West Breda Smyth says there is a very high infection rate in the city at the moment with the age profile predominantly in the under 40s.
She has urged the younger cohorts of the population, particularly those aged between 19 and 30, to avail of a vaccine in a pharmacy or by registering on the HSE vaccine portal.
Breda Smyth told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks there is a high level of infection in the community and the public health guidelines are key in surpressing the virus as the holiday season continues.
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