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NUIG Students’ Union hits out at rent increases at Menlo Park apartment complex

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has hit out at rent increases at the Menlo Park apartment complex.

The apartments which are privately owned accommodate 140 NUIG students every year.

The union has warned that prices have been rising steadily but the increase this year has allegedly seen the price of a single ensuite room rise by 1390 euro compared to last year – an increase of 20%.

The group is calling on the Minister for Housing to move forward planned legislation which would extend the 4% rent cap rule to purpose built student accommodation.

In a statement, the Menlo Park Apartments group says their rates are being compared with the current academic rates and not the rates for 2019/2020 which have not yet been issued by other similar student properties.

The group states the rise in rates is to cover extra facilities such as reception, on-site manager and nightly security.

It concludes that historically it has pitched its rates lower than other student properties.

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Galway TD says Government still holding onto “chains of patriarchy” over birth tracing bill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the Government is still “holding onto the chains of patriarchy” in a debate over the Birth Information and Tracing Bill.

The bill aims to provide access to birth certs and early life information to people who were adopted, boarded out, illegally registered, as well as those who have other questions about their origins.

Contributing extensively to the debate, Deputy Catherine Connolly said the legislation is groundbreaking for many reasons but is “not quite there”.

She argued that the Government is still trying to tell people what is best for them rather than let them make up their own minds.

Deputy Connolly also took aim at the notion that “society” was to blame for the historical injustice done to women who passed through Mother and Baby Homes – to hear Deputy Connolly’s Dáil contribution, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Citylink announces new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Citylink has announced new bus services for Loughrea and Kilrickle.

The move will see the addition of two new early morning routes to the existing Loughrea service.

They’ll depart from Loughrea at 7.25am and 8.10am on weekdays.

There’ll also be a completely new service for Kilrickle, which will provide 8 daily departures to Galway City.

The new services will commence from Monday.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this positive development reflects the huge demand in the local area.

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Galway TD urges Government to pay heed to new report on regeneration of towns and villages

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to pay heed to a new report on the regeneration of towns and villages across the country.

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly has published the report, entitled “Regional Vacancy and Dereliction Analysis”.

It outlines how almost 50 thousand residential and commercial properties are empty in the West, North-West and Border areas.

It also notes that more than 70 percent of towns and villages in the region have a residential vacancy rate above the national average.

In Galway City, there are more than 1 thousand vacant properties, of which almost 700 are commercial, while over 400 are residential.

Deputy Sean Canney says the Government must get serious about providing incentives to encourage people to purchase derelict properties.

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