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Property boom as home workers flock into the west

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The shift to remote working as a result of Covid-19 has resulted in a continuing surge of people leaving big cities for a better lifestyle in Galway – with skyrocketing house prices the result as serious pressure comes on the county’s limited supply.

One of Galway’s leading auctioneers, Niall Browne of O’Donnellan and Joyce, told the Connacht Tribune that both former and new Galway residents were on the hunt for property in the city and county as they look to escape cities where the cost of living is higher.

“There are people coming from Dublin and further afield, from places like London, because they can now work from home – one-quarter of our sales in the city are to people from outside of Galway.

“There has been a noticeable increase in demand here in recent months; even in the number of email enquiries from people looking to know what is available here and what might be coming up,” said Mr Browne.

This comes as a survey carried out by the Real Estate Alliance concluded that the cost of housing in Galway City will soar by 8% in 2021, with county prices to go up by 4%.

Mr Browne said that increasing prices in Galway City was driving prospective buyers from all over to towns like Moycullen, Barna, Furbo and Spiddal. Craughwell, Oranmore and Clarinbridge were also becoming enviable locations for those in the market.

“You have a lot of people that were originally from Galway, but moved to Dublin for work and now they’re coming back with their families. Being able to work from home is a big part of that, but they might also have family here that can help with childcare.

“The rent in Dublin is also a big factor. If someone is buying in Craughwell, the mortgage might be €1,000 per month, where they might be paying €1,600 to €1,800 in rent for a small apartment in Dublin – and that mortgage would be for a fine big semi-detached property in Craughwell,” said Mr Browne.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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