Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed a new cemetery for Galway City could cost up to €2 million.
However, despite an urgent need for space, the City Council is encountering difficulties in securing suitable land.
Meanwhile, the local authority is set to undertake works to extend Rahoon Cemetery early next year.
For a considerable time, the City Council has been seeking lands to accommodate a new cemetery within the city boundaries.
At this week’s meeting of the local authority, City CEO Brendan McGrath admitted it has been a difficult process and there is now an urgent need to secure new land.
Testing is currently being carried out on three identified sites – while a number of potential sites have already been ruled out due to unsuitable ground conditions.
It’s estimated the total cost of a new cemetery would be between €1.5 and €2 million, including the cost of land acquisition.
Meanwhile, the City Council is preparing to proceed with an extension at Rahoon Cemetery – with works to get underway in the first quarter of next year.
Bank of Ireland to close three county Galway branches
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bank of Ireland is to close branches in Ballygar, Dunmore and Oughterard.
The bank is shutting 88 outlets in the Republic, and 15 in Northern Ireland.
The Bank will continue to operate with 169 branches, including 15 in Galway.
In a statement, the bank says it will be complemented by a new partnership with An Post, offering Bank of Ireland customers services at more than 66 post office locations across Galway city and county.
Staff have been briefed on this morning’s announcement, with the closures mainly affecting self-service branches and coming into effect by the end of September.
Software integration firm to expand team in West of Ireland
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Software integration firm, SL Controls, is to expand its team in the West with the creation of 15 roles.
The firm will create 15 roles at its Galway and Sligo bases and 50 new jobs overall over the next 18 months.
SL Controls has expanded its employee number steadily and, over the last three years, has increased overall headcount by 40.
A percentage of the new hires will be location independent remote roles and others will be offered the option of hybrid working where employees can combine working from home with working from an office.
SL was established in 2002 and is an international provider of equipment system integrated solutions to a range of brands across a number of industries including medtech, pharma, healthcare and technology.
The firm has offices at Mervue Businnes Park in Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Limerick and Florida and has customers in Ireland, across mainland Europe and the US.
Over €4m allocated to city and county for housing adaptation
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over €4 million has been allocated to Galway city and county to adapt housing for the needs of older people and for those with a disability.
The fund, which supports home adaptations for older people, those with a disability and people with mobility issues, is 80% exchequer funding through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority.
Galway city is to receive a total allocation of over €1.1 million, while the county has secured a total of over €2.9 million.
Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, while up to €8,000 is available to assist older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids.