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NAMA makes 45 deals for social housing in Galway city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 45 agreements between NAMA and the local authority in Galway city have been reached in relation to social housing.

The figures were provided by Housing Minister, Jan O’ Sullivan in response to a Dáil question.

However the Minister confirmed that no housing has been transferred by NAMA to local authorities in 16 counties, including County Galway.

According to today’s Irish Star, there were 45 deals completed in the city, but the largest number of NAMA houses made available for social housing was in Dublin where 433 deals were completed.

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Local TD claims HSE are “law unto themselves”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD is claiming that the HSE are a “law unto themselves”.

Michael Fitzmaurice was responding to comments by a spokesperson for the Consumer Association of Ireland that TDs seem forget about their local consituencies once they’re elected.

However, Roscommon/Galway Deputy Fitzmaurice argues that while TDs don’t always get it right, sometimes it’s out of their hands.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he claims the health service has taken the power away from the politician.

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Minister Anne Rabbitte says “everything on the table” regarding budget measures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister Anne Rabbitte has given an assurance that “everything is on the table” when it comes to measures being examined for the upcoming budget.

Speaking to Galway Talks, she said the Government is looking at absolutely everything, with a focus on the “squeezed middle” and the most vunerable.

She also noted that in her own constituency of Galway East, there’s a huge reliance on the car due to lack of public transport, as well as vehicles for farming.

Galway East Fianna Fail Minister Rabbitte says she knows many people are in urgent need of help.

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Threefold increase in COVID patients at UHG over past month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a threefold increase in the number of COVID patients at UHG over the past month.

There are currently 55 patients with the virus at the city hospital – compared to 17 patients on June 3rd.

It comes as 885 people are in hospital with Covid 19 , an increase of 59 since yesterday.

Taoiseach Michael Martin says the roll out of a fourth round of Covid vaccines would take place in the autumn.

Monaghan GP Illona Duffy says people shouldn’t rely on just one antigen test to establish if they have the virus.

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