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Study finds lack of rental properties in city for people on welfare

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a distinct lack of rental properties available in Galway city for people on rent supplement or housing assistance payments.
A study carried out over three days in November by Galway Simon Community found no rental properties within RS or HAP limits in Galway city centre.
The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment was more than twice the RS/HAP limit for a single person.
While the price for a two-bedroom apartment was 50 percent more than a single parent or couple with two children could afford.
The Galway Simon Community is asking for landlords to consider accepting tenant on HAP.
CEO of the Simon Community Bill Griffin says the support they provide for renters also benefits landlords.

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NUIG professor appointed to panel reviewing children’s social care services in Northern Ireland

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A professor at NUI Galway has been appointed to a special panel to review children’s social care services in Northern Ireland.

Health Minister in the NI Executive, Robin Swann, has confirmed that Professor Pat Dolan will join the panel, with the review to begin next month.

Over a 16 month period, it’ll engage with parents, children and young people, as well as those working within the services, to assess the current model under a a wide range of criteria.

Professor Dolan is Director of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, and UNESCO Chair at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway.

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Galway TD calls for residential development to be prioritised around train stations

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD says it’s mistake that across Galway, we’re not properly planning to have our towns connected with the National Rail Network.

Deputy Sean Canney says it’s good planning to designate catchment areas close to train stations as priority zones for residential development.

He feels this should be reflected in the Galway County Development Plan, as well as Local Area Plans for the individual municipal districts.

Galway East Deputy Canney says towns like Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Attymon, Athenry and Gort could benefit from this type of initiative.

Deputy Canney says it’s about improving connectivity, reducing reliance on cars, and realising the full potential of the rail network.

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Major step forward for planned Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- There’s been a major step forward in plans to build a new Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park in Knocknacarra.

This week’s meeting of Galway City Council heard the project has now been approved in principle at Government level.

The proposed Regional Aquatic Centre at Cappagh Park would be a €17m development, adjacent to the existing community centre.

It would consist of a swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym, as well as various studios and playing courts, and a cafe.

Galway City Council first applied for grant aid funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, and Sport in 2019.

At this week’s meeting of the local authority, City CEO Brendan McGrath confirmed a letter has been received from the Department in recent days.

It confirms that the Department is now in a position to enter into a legal grant agreement for a previously agreed sum of €8m.

As part of the process, Galway City Council now has to prepare and submit a raft of documentation, including the detailed design of the project and a final business case.

It’s currently estimated that the project could be delivered at Cappagh Park by early 2027.

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