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Pieta House in Tuam to be officially opened this evening

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West’s first suicide and self-harm crisis centre will be officially opened in Tuam this evening.

Pieta House Tuam began operating on Bishop Street in December after a two and a half year community fundraising campaign.

It provides a free one-to-one therapuetic service to those experiencing suidical thoughts or engaging in self-harm.

12 staff are employed at the facility including nine therapists.

The opening takes place at 6.30 this evening with an address by Joan Freeman, the CEO of Pieta House, who founded the firse centre in Dublin in 2006.

John Concannon of JFC Manufacturing who led the project says the centre is down to the efforts of fundraisers across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

And we’ll hear more from John Concannon on FYI Galway from 5 this evening.

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House Prices in Galway City and County rise by four per cent on last year

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – House prices in Galway City and county have risen by 3-4 percent on last year according to a report published today in the Irish Independent.

The 2021 “How Much Is Your House Worth?” report from the Irish Independent surveyed real estate agents on current house price estimates.

Property values rose by 3 per cent across the country last year due to strong demand and a lack of supply.

In Galway City, the survey showed an increase of 4 percent with an expectation of another rise of 4 per cent in 2022.

House prices in the county have also increased by 4 per cent but according to Mark Keenan were much more affordable compared to the city. He also said that there was a lot of interest from outside of the country.

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Galway TD tells Dáil businesses struggling to access Covid-19 supports

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil that some small businesses are struggling to access the Government’s Covid-19 support funds.

Deputy Ciaran Cannon said the situation is due to the way they were initially designed as an emergency response to the pandemic.

Addressing Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Cannon said many businesses are finding it exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to access the funds

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said they’re constantly reviewing the situation – and new schemes are being developed.

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Incidence rate for Covid 19 in Galway shows dramatic increase in December and early January

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Incidence rate for Covid 19 in Galway Electoral areas has seen a marked increase since August according to the Central Statistics Office with a dramatic increase throughout the month of December,

According to information released by the CSO, the incidence rate remained low in the county throughout the month of August with a slight increase reported in the Tuam and Connemara South Electoral Areas in Early September.

By the 21st of September, this increase in the Incidence rate had spread to The Loughrea, Kinvara and Athenry/Oranmore Local electoral areas with all reporting an incidence rate of 60-120 cases per 100,000.

At the end of Seprtember, Galway City reported an incidence rate of 120-240 cases per 100,000 bringing it in line wiith all other areas bar the Ballinasloe electoral area that still showed a low rate.

Throughout October, the numbers would rise throughout the county but fell throughout the month of November during which period, the country was in Level Five Lockdown.

However, the lifting of restrictions which began on the 1st of December, saw another increase in the incidence rate in the city and county and on the 11th of January, three areas, Tuam, Ballinasloe and Gort/Kinvara had incidence rates of over 960 cases per 100,000 with the remainder between 480 and 960 per 100,000.

The increase in the Incidence Rate in Galway City and County from August – January

Currently, the Incidence Rate For Galway Electoral Areas (per 100,000 people) is as follows:

Gort/Kinvara – 1467.8

Tuam – 1334.6

Galway City – 1090.4

Ballinasloe – 1077.9

Athenry/Oranmore – 974.6

Connamara South – 731

Loughrea – 577.1

Connamara North – 407.2

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