Most Galway roads reopen after overnight flooding
Galway Bay Fm Newsroom
While a section of the promenade at Salthill is still closed off this morning due to the severe overnight flooding most other roads in the city and the promenade at Spiddal have now reopened for traffic.
Galway City Council has a Flood Emergency Team operating around the city since 4 am today and a flood management team have also been meeting in City Hall overnight to co-ordinate emergency relief work.
Gary McMahon of Galway City Council says progress in getting roads re-opened since early morning has been good and it is hoped that at least of part of the road at Salthill Promenade may be reopened about mid-day.
Some business premises, including ones hit by the storms and floods after Christmas have been hit again by this morning’s floods according to Gary McMahon.
Meanwhile Bus Eireann say the 401 service connecting Salthill to the city is operating again with diversions via Devon Park and Dalysfort Road.
Farrell says eviction ban lift will be “judged harshest” of Government’s bad housing policies
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell claims the lifting of the eviction ban will be judged the harshest of all the Government’s bad housing policies.
She told the Dáil it stands head and shoulders above all the terrible housing decisions this and the previous Government have made over the past decade.
She told Housing Minister Daragh O’ Brien that the real sticking point is that this decision was made in the full knowledge of the chaos it will cause.
258 people now listed as homeless across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of homeless people in emergency accommodation has increased by almost 24 per cent in a year.
There are now almost 11,800 people homeless, including 258 people in County Galway.
According to the latest figures from the Department of Housing 11,742 people, including 3,373 children, now find themselves homeless.
It’s an increase of almost 24 per cent on the same month for last year.
The data, for the week of February 20th-26th, show there were 8,369 adults in emergency accommodation, an increase of 23 per cent on the figure for February last year.
In Dublin, there are 8,588 people, including 2,576 children, living in homelessness.
Meanwhile this month’s figures, when compared to January, remain relatively unchanged.
Man missing from Loughrea located safe and well
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man missing from Loughrea since earlier this week has been found safe and well.
25 year old Shane Walsh was last seen in Portumna on Wednesday 29th March, prompting a Garda appeal.
Gardaí have now confirmed he’s been located safe and well.