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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.

At 2, hear Megan Reilly President of the Students’ Union as she argues students are being exploited as the city struggles with a housing crisis…

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12 thousand Galway motorists driving with learner permits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 12 thousand motorists in Galway are driving with learner permits.

Nearly 1,400 people nationwide have been driving with only a learner permit for over 26 years.

According to freedom of information figures, they include people in every county.

According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers only have learner permits.

They include nearly 68,000 people in Dublin, almost 25,000 in Cork, over 12,000 in Galway, and just under that mark in Kildare.

Under current rules, you can’t apply for a third or subsequent learner permit unless you’ve recently done a driving test or have an upcoming test.

But new figures show over 21,000 drivers have had a learner permit for at least 11 years, and 1,365 have had one for over 26 years.

Brian Farrell, from the Road Safety Authority, says the new figures are concerning.

You must always have a fully qualified driver with you if you have a learner permit.

But 2,475 drivers got penalty points last year for breaking that law – up 27 per cent on 2019.

A further 1,581 drivers were penalised in the first five months of this year for the same offence.

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167 fraud offences recorded in Galway so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 167 fraud offences were recorded in Galway city in the first five months of this year.

Deception and ‘card not present’ offences were the most common with 42 cases of each fraud type recorded.

The second most common fraud offence was ‘account take over’ with 17 recorded by Gardaí.

Phishing offences were next in line with 16 offences noted and shopping or online auction fraud with a further 16.

10 cases of accommodation fraud were brought to the attention of Gardaí, as well as nine cases of forgery.

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Latest figures reveal 284 cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the chief medical officer.

Dr Tony Holohan says it’s estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20 per cent of cases reported in the last week.

It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

53 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.

The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.

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