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TD warns Galway festivals crippled by rising insurance costs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Many businesses, festivals and community events in Galway are on the brink due to crippling insurance costs.
That’s according to Galway-Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy, who says action must be taken to bring down insurance premiums.
The Fianna Fáil Deputy says one the main factors in increasing premiums is the number of fraudulent claims for compensation.
Deputy Murphy said the organisers of Ballinasloe Horse Fair had to have several meetings this year to discuss whether they could get insurance cover.
It’s understood the voluntary group behind the fair had an insurance bill of 14 thousand euro.
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Call for action on crumbling exterior of Bailey Point in Salthill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the Bailey Point business premises and apartment complex in Salthill to be given a ‘face lift.’

City Councillor Clodagh Higgins has expressed her frustration that Galway City Council will not intervene and resolve the decline of the external parts of the building.

Councillor Higgins has described the development in its current state as ‘an eyesore,’ due to large amount of plaster falling from the exterior.

She says she’s been working with the Local Authority and apartment owners to try and reach a satisfactory conclusion on the matter, however, structural defects to the external facade of the development cannot be pursued under planning enforcement.

The Fine Gael Councillor has also written to the Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien requesting a policy change in the interest of maintaining the positive features of the structure and ensuring falling debris will no longer pose a health and safety risk.

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Seanad hears of limitations on Galway’s expansion due to wastewater capacity

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad has heard of the major limitations on the growth of Galway City and its suburbs due to wastewater treatment capacity.

The matter was raised by Senator Sean Kyne, who spoke of the current strain on the Mutton Island treatment plant.

He spoke of the urgent need to progress the often talked about Galway East main drainage wastewater treatment plant.

Senator Kyne offered that this plant would accommodate areas including the east of the city, Oranmore, Athenry, and the proposed new townland of Ardaun.

Senator Kyne noted that Galway City’s population is projected to increase to 120 thousand within the next two decades.

However, he said this figure will not be realised if progress isn’t made on increasing wastewater treatment capacity…

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Galway TD calls on Government to reconsider State Community Bank

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says it’s time for the Government to reexamine the possibility of establishing a state bank for SME’s.

Deputy Seán Canney has raised the issue in the wake of Ulster Bank’s announcement that it is to exit the Irish market.

He says now is the time for the Government to examine possible delivery mechanisms for community banking to be implemented.

He believes this could be done through An Post or the local Credit Union network, as they have the infrastructure, facilities and visibility required.

Independent Deputy Canney says SME’s are the answer to getting our country back up-and-running post Covid – and they’ll need the right support.

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