Galway Bay fm newsroom – 63 homes in the county are among a list of projects to benefit from Government funding under the Better Energy Scheme.
More than 2 million euro has been approved for specific projects in Galway, with more funding available through nationwide projects.
The scheme provides funds through the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland towards insulation, heating and lighting upgrades.
More than 550 thousand euro has been approved for Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teo to carry out fabric and heating system upgrades to a number of homes and businesses on the Aran Islands.
A further 475 thousand euro has been sanctioned for energy upgrades to 40 homes on Inis Mór and 439 thousand euro for energy upgrades to 40 more homes on Lettermore Island.
More than 340 thousand euro has been approved for Galway Diocese to upgrade Galway Cathedral, St. Mary’s College and the Pastoral Centre.
280 thousand euro will go to the County Council for projects across the county involving water services, public lighting, community facilities and a cancer support centre.
142 thousand euro will be spent on energy upgrades for 23 homes in the county with another 136 thousand euro going to Energy Wise Construction Limited.
The company will carry out energy upgrades to 12 homes on Inis Meáin.
GAA clubs in the county may also benefit from funding to save energy such as insulation upgrades and energy-efficient flood lighting.
1,380 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health this afternoon reported 1,380 new cases of Covid-19 – a drop of 800 on yesterday’s figure.
The five-day moving average now stands at 1,833.
There are 459 people in hospital with the virus, an increase of 53 since yesterday, with 74 in ICU – up three since yesterday.
16 pubs close in Galway since the start of the pandemic according to new Survey
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City and County has seen 16 pubs close their doors since the start of the pandemic with 456 pubs renewing their licences in September of this year.
That number is compared to 472 who renewed their licences in January 2020.
Nationally, 349 pubs have shut their doors since the pandemic began, according to trade representative bodies.
They’ve analysed figures from Revenue, and found 37 outlets shut in Cork since last March.
It’s the worst affected county followed by Donegal and Dublin with 33 each.
Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the VFI, says: “These new figures reveal Covid’s dramatic impact on the trade over the past 19 months. To lose 5% of pubs in such a short timeframe is unprecedented and underlines how the pub trade bore the brunt of pandemic restrictions.
“In light of recent speculation about delaying the ending of restrictions, the news that pubs are closing across the country will only heighten anxiety in the trade. Uncertainty is a key factor in why so many pubs have closed so Government must put an end to the crisis by announcing the easing of restrictions will proceed as planned.”
Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA, says: “Losing 349 pubs across the country indicates the magnitude of what’s happened to the pub trade since March 2020. These pubs closed even with the Government supports in place.
“We think the reopening of late night hospitality, the return of the bar counter, the end of mandatory table service and a resumption of normal trading hours should proceed next Friday. If access is limited to those who have been vaccinated there is no justification for not proceeding the easing of the rest of the restrictions.
“With more than 90% of the adult population vaccinated and vaccine passes likely to remain in place, if we can’t allow hospitality to trade relatively normally now then when will we ever be able to?
“Anticipation is high ahead of the lifting of 22nd October for the simple reason that publicans are desperate to get back to normal trading. Many pubs and other hospitality businesses have been hanging on for this moment and any further delays will be a step too far for some. The Government needs to recognise delays will push more businesses over the edge where they will join the 349 pubs that have already been lost during the course of the pandemic,” Mr. O’Keeffe concluded.
Seven day pub licence renewals by county: Jan 2020 v September 2021
Road resurfacing works to begin tomorrow evening on N6 Bothar na dTreabh
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Road resurfacing overlay works will commence on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh from Kirwan Junction to Tuam Road Junction tomorrow evening.
The works, carried out John Madden & Sons Ltd., acting on behalf of Galway City Council, will take place during the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am for a period of four weeks.
A Stop & Go system will be in operation during this time.
Road users are urged to use alternative routes to avoid delays and proceed with caution during this period as Traffic Management will be in operation at all times.