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More than 3/4 of Galway rental properties below standard

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 83% of private rental premises in Galway that were inspected by local authorities last year failed to meet basic minimum requirements.
The latest figures from the Environment Department reveal that nationally, almost 60% of all rented homes failed to satisfy government standards.
According to today’s Irish Independent, properties should be free from rot and dampness, have a fixed bath or shower with hot and cold running water, a working heat source and a cooker and washing machine.
86 of 104 premises inspected in the county last year failed to meet these standards.
Housing charity Threshold is now calling for landlords to be compelled to pass NCT-style inspections of their properties before being allowed to rent.

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Efforts Intensify to Broker Peace Deal Among Feuding Factions Following Yesterday’s Violence in Tuam

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Tuam area councillors are calling on the leaders of the groups involved in yesterday’s violence in Tuam to come to the table for peace talks with community leaders in a bid to avoid any reprisals.

There’s been widespread reaction to the altercation which it’s believed is linked to an ongoing feud in the Galway town.

Up to 30 gardai accompanied by armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town with local Councillor Donagh Killilea stating that the violence which broke out later that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

Instead it’s believed yesterday’s incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking To Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks , Tuam Fine Gael Councillor Pete Roche says he is fearful of reprisals following yesterday’s violence.

Efforts have intensified today to broker a peace deal between the families involved in the Tuam feud.

It’s hoped those involved will meet with community leaders next week to avoid any further violence breaking out in the town.

Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea says he has extended an invitation to peace talks in a bid to avoid any further incidents.

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Night-time Water Restrictions Lifted in Glenamaddy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Night time water restrictions have been lifted in Glenamaddy.

The restrictions, which were in place since Saturday, have been lifted with immediate effect.

Irish Water says they were necessary due to high levels of domestic, commercial and agricultural demand for treated drinking water experienced in Glenamaddy and surrounding areas, coupled with low reservoir levels.

Water reserves have now recovered.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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