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No social housing to be built in Galway City until 2018

Dara Bradley

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Not one new Council house will be built this year or next, despite the lengthy waiting lists.

It has been confirmed by Galway City Council that no social housing has been constructed in the city since 2009.

The City Council has also confirmed to Councillor Ollie Crowe that no new social houses will come on stream until 2018 at the earliest.

There are up to 15,000 individuals on the waiting list for housing in the city but the Fianna Fáil representatives reckons the Government isn’t taking the issue seriously.

The Government recently launched their housing plan which aims to build 45,000 new social housing units by 2021.

However, it has been confirmed to Councillor Crowe by the Council that not one social housing unit will be built in the city this year or in 2017 and there are no guarantees about 2018.

Cllr Crowe said: “At a time when we have 15,000 people on the housing list in Galway City this is simply unacceptable. Action is needed now, not more Government spin.

“The only way to make an effective dent in our housing crisis is with supply and for there to be no social housing coming on stream until 2018 at the earliest is only going to ensure that list grows further.

“This is a major issue which we have heard too much talk from the Government on. Since Fine Gael took office in 2011 not a single social housing unit has been built in Galway City. What needs to happen now is the investment of resources rather than announcing plans and media spin.”

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County left out in the cold

Stephen Corrigan

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Rural dwellers in County Galway have to travel some of the longest distances in the country – just to reach the most basic of services.

Figures released this week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that Galway had the highest proportion of the population living over 10km from a 24-hour garda station (70%) – compared with a national average of 8km.

Galway residents were also at the bottom of the pile when distance was measured from the nearest local authority fire station was measured – with 56% of the population over 10km away from their nearest. Nationally, the distance to the nearest fire station is closer to 5.5%.

Those living in Galway City benefit from the centralisation of many vital services, with most city dwellers just 3km form a 24-hour garda station and 3.4km from the fire station.

People in rural Galway were among the worst served for many everyday services, with the average distance from the nearest Emergency Department and maternity hospital exceeding 30km – compared to an average of 5.6km for those in the city.

Those living in the county are usually 10.1km from their nearest bank; 6.8km from their local GP; and 5.6km from the local pharmacy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connemara death may be from natural causes

Francis Farragher

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Gardaí at the scene of the incident in Baile na hAbhann. Photo: Seán Ó Mainnín

THE 64-year-old Sligo man who died after an alleged altercation at a house in Ballinahown near Inverin on Sunday morning last may have died from natural causes, the Connacht Tribune understands.

Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 9am on Sunday morning after a man who was in the house at the time took ill following an incident with another man who had called to the residence.

An exchange of words occurred between the two men inside the house after which an alleged assault took place with the deceased suffering from what were regarded as very minor injuries.

The dead man – named locally as Charles (Charlie) Townsend from Union, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo – was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Galway (UHG) shortly after taking ill, where he was later pronounced dead.

A Garda spokesperson told The Connacht Tribune that their investigation into the incident was ongoing and that one man had been questioned in relation to what had happened under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

“Our investigations are continuing into an alleged assault incident and the man that we questioned on Sunday and for a time on Monday was released without charge on Monday afternoon,” said the spokesperson.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Vet ensures a dog is not just for Christmas!

Dara Bradley

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Lilly at the Glenina Veterinary Clinic this week. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The recovery of a much-loved pet, who swallowed a bone that almost proved fatal, has been described as a ‘miracle before Christmas’ by her Galway owners.

Lily, a Pomeranian terrier cross, swallowed a bone of a leg of lamb, which ruptured her gut. The prognosis was not good, and it was expected that the seven-year-old would go to sleep.

But several weeks on from the incident and thanks to the care of Glenina Veterinary Clinic in Galway City, Lily has made a full recovery, and will spend another Christmas with her loving family, the Carrs of Carnmore.

“It happened on the Sunday of the county hurling final (November 10), the day the Carnmore hurlers were in the minor final,” recalled John Carr.

“We were expecting the worst. She wasn’t eating, she wasn’t drinking. But last Wednesday she came to me for food, a piece of ham. She’s started barking again at people who call to the house. She’s back to herself. She’s about 90% recovered. And it’s all down to the staff at Glenina Vets – I couldn’t praise them enough. It’s like a miracle before Christmas,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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