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Terryland Retail Park tops list for city’s highest shopping centre vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Terryland Retail Park has the highest commercial vacancy rate of the city’s main shopping centres.
That’s according to the latest GeoView report which also shows that Abbeygate Street Upper has the highest such rate out of nine Galway high streets examined for the first quarter of this year.
The report focused on five main shopping centres in the city and found Terryland Retail Park had the highest vacancy rate of over 24%.
Galway Retail Park had the lowest rate at almost 7%.
Of the nine city high streets examined, Abbeygate Street Upper had the highest rate at over 19%, while Shop Street had the lowest at 3%.
The data recorded a commercial vacancy rate for Eyre Square of almost 16% – the third highest.
Out of over 12 thousand commercial addresses in the city and county, almost 19 hundred were recorded as vacant during the period – a rate of over 14%.
Nationally the rate stands at 12%.
Dara Keogh, CEO of GeoDirectory says the study reveals the level of performance for a range of well known areas in the city.
Tune in to FYI from 5pm to hear more on the GeoView report.

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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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