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Report finds Galway recorded second largest market share for mortgages outside of Dublin

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- Galway represented 4.8% of the mortgage market share in the last year.

A mortgage report published today by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland finds outside Dublin and the commuter belt, Galway had the second largest market for mortgages at 4.8%, behind Cork with 11.7% of all mortgages.

Dublin leads the way with 31.3% of home purchase mortgages in the 12 months ending June 2021.

The analysis finds Cork and Galway had median repayments between €800 and €900.

It also revealed the number of first-time home buyers under the age of 30 has more than halved in the last 16 years.

CEO of the BPFI, Brian Hayes, says lending rules are a factor in the rising age of first-time buyers.

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3,735 new cases of COVID-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 3,735 new cases of Covid-19.

566 people are currently in hospital with the virus – an increase of 30 on yesterday’s figure.

117 people are being treated in ICU, a decrease of 1 on yesterday.

Figures for Galway hospitals released yesterday evening show that 22 patients with Covid are being treated in Galway University Hospital with 11 in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Of that number, 4 are in ICU in Portiuncula and 2 in GUH.

The five-day moving average is 4,361 – up slightly from 4,347 yesterday.

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Car enthusiasts gathering in Salthill for Salthill Sunday Event

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Car enthusiasts are gathering in Salthill this afternoon for an event that is being called Love/Hate Salthill Sunday.

The event is scheduled to begin at 1pm this afternoon and has been promoted through the group’s social media pages.

Galway Bay FM News understands that cars have been gathering in Salthill for the past hour.

Previous gatherings have generated much controversy and criticism.

On their page, organisers have asked those attending to be respectful and to respect and support local businesses.

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Galway public’s assistance sought in search for missing Ennis man

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardaí are appealing to the Galway public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 30-year-old Jason Burcombe who has been missing from his home in Ennis, Co Clare since last Tuesday.

Jason is described as approximately 5′ 6″ in height, of medium build, with short fair hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing a black jacket, dark grey tracksuit pants, a grey beanie hat, navy runners and white socks.

His family are concerned for his wellbeing and are seeking assistance from the public in locating him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station 065-6848100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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