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Students face paying €1,500 more in rent for academic year

Enda Cunningham

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Galway City Tribune – Private rented accommodation will cost students in Galway City an average of €1,500 extra for the 2018/19 academic year compared to the last year, according to new research.

It has led to a fresh warning that students will again be forced out of education because of financial strain.

Figures from property website Daft.ie show that rents in private accommodation in Galway City are up around 16% in the past year, and are now averaging €1,189 per month (up from an average of €1,026 a year ago).

In fact, rents are now up by just over 80% since the rental market trough at the end of 2011 – an average increase of around €530 per month or €4,770 for the academic year.
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Seanad hears Galway badly needs new wastewater treatment plant

Dara Bradley

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Mutton Island: a new treatment plant for the east side of the city would ease pressure.

An infrastructure deficit, including insufficient wastewater treatment, will hold back Galway’s growth, the Seanad has heard.

Peter Burke, Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, warned the future development of Galway, including more housing, could be stifled by an “infrastructural gap”.

“If the infrastructure is not there, development will be held back and the city will be unable to unlock its potential, provide alternatives such as affordable homes to people and improve infrastructure in general,” he said.

Minister Burke said Irish Water was ‘key’ to filling the infrastructure gap; and pledged to raise the matter with his senior Housing Minister, Darragh O’Brien, who has responsibility for Irish Water.

He was responding to Galway senator, Seán Kyne, who said the development of a new wastewater treatment plant was “badly needed” if new housing is to be provided.

“We cannot talk about housing unless sufficient wastewater treatment is in place. We need action and progress on this,” said the Fine Gael senator.

Various plans project population growth of 40,000 in Galway City bringing it to 120,000 by 2040 but ‘one major limitation’ of reaching that target is a lack of wastewater treatment facilities.

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Forster Court seeks to extend facilities into former tourist office

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Expansion plan: the Forster Court Hotel and former tourist office. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Plans have been drawn up to expand the Forster Court Hotel into the adjoining former tourist office building – to help strengthen the business’ economic viability.

It will see new conference facilities added, as well as new bedrooms.

The Connacht Hospitality Group – which operates the hotel – has sought permission to amalgamate the building with the former tourist office.

The changes will involve the creation of an enlarged restaurant bar area and a new conference centre reception. On the first floor will be 11 new suites (one of which will replace an existing room).

Both buildings are owned by the Comer Group and leased to Connacht Hospitality.

The 50-bed hotel opened in 2000, but closed down in 2015 and remained vacant for two years following a flood.

According to a planning application lodged with Galway City Council: “The proposed development and amalgamation of the two buildings will bring back into use and existing vacant city centre building, on a key city centre site, which would otherwise be at risk of long-term vacancy and potentially fall into disrepair as a result of disuse.”

A new reception area at the ground floor of the tourist office will include stairs and lift to the new basement conference centre.

“The proposed redevelopment of the hotel to include conference facilities will support the economic viability of the hotel and diversify its market given competition from Airbnb etc.

“The hotel industry has been particularly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Providing additional accommodation and new facilities will help to future proof the business in these difficult economic times, and as a driver of pedestrian activity to the area, will strengthen the city centre core as a focus for economic activity,” the planning application reads.

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Locals get behind proposal to re-open Salthill’s old tidal pools

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How the pool might look. IMAGE COURTESY OF VISUAL LAB.IE

Planners have been urged to take the plunge and reopen Salthill’s two decommissioned tidal pools.

The sea baths have been unused for several decades since they were in-filled in the 1980s and rendered useless for swimming.

But now a trio of local swimmers want the amenity restored at Ladies Beach – and they have a big wave of public support in the city backing the proposal.

Brothers Morgan and Ronan McGuire from An Baile Árd in Barna and their cousin, Stephen Tummon from Circular Road, lodged a submission this week to the Draft Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029 calling for the sea pools to be reopened.

Around 30 similar submissions had also been lodged with city planners before the deadline today (Friday) and more than 4,550 people also signed an online petition, which has been shared extensively and supported on social media.

Morgan McGuire told the Galway City Tribune that they hope to capitalise on the swell in popularity of sea swimming during Covid-19 lockdown, to help their campaign to refurbish the pools.

“My brother and cousin and I grew up swimming in Salthill and at Blackrock. The last few years swimming was getting more and more popular and people were getting into triathlons and so on. As a country we are getting healthier and we started using the coast more. Now, especially in lockdown, swimming was already booming but Covid has sent it into overdrive,” explained Morgan.

“We had been in other lidos around the world, including London. We’ve a cousin in Australia who swims in a lido in Byron Bay and sends us photos. We thought ‘we should have something like that’ and we actually do have something like that, it’s sitting there but it’s filled-in at the moment,” he said.

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