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Report reveals Clifden wastewater treatment below standard

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden is one of seven areas nationwide where current infrastructure does not comply with a European Union directive for waste water treatment.

The area is highlighted in a report published by the Environmental Protection Agency which calls for the elimination of raw sewage entering the environment.

It’s estimated that it will be mid-2015 for the required secondary treatment of urban waste water in Clifden to be completed.

The report also highlights 42 urban areas with no treatment or preliminary treatment only.

These include Ahascragh, Carraroe, Kinvara, Spiddal and Roundstone.

Clifden and Gort were also listed as having not complied with all of the mandatory effluent quality and sampling standards in 2012.

Nationally, 94% of Ireland’s urban waste water now gets secondary treatment.

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Galway Renters Face Price Hikes As Government Plan To Cap Increases Backfires

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Renters in Galway face price hikes of up to 3 per cent as a plan to cap rent increases appears to have backfired.

Maximum rent increases in rent pressure zones such as Galway, Athenry- Oranmore and Gort- Kinvara were recently linked to inflation.

It was hoped this would keep price rises much lower than the 4 per cent allowed but inflation has shot up and is now at 3 per cent.

Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin says the government must act.

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Cremation becoming more popular in county as costs of burials rise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam Funeral Director says cremation is becoming a more popular choice in County Galway as the cost of burials rises.

According to the Irish Independent, more than 40 percent of people who die in cities are now opting to be cremated, while 20 percent of those in rural areas are choosing the same option.

Opting for cremation in Galway city is significantly cheaper than being buried with the cost of a single burial plot priced at €780, compared to a single plot in the county costing €385.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Joe Grogan of Grogan Funeral Directors in Tuam says 20 percent of his business last year was from cremations so the trend is growing in rural areas too…

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Galway records high levels of domestic abuse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,000 incidents of domestic abuse have been reported to Gardaí in Galway so far this year.

Nationally Gardaí have dealt with an average of nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents every day this year – with the highest levels reported in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Louth.

New figures show 24,686 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the Gardaí between the start of this year and September 9th.

These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring order.

Over a third of the incidents were in the Dublin region, involving just under 9,000 cases.

2,021 were in Cork, with 1,152 in Louth and 1,074 in Galway.

Minister of State for Justice, Hildegarde Naughton, says tackling domestic abuse, and providing supports for victims, is a key priority for the government.

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