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University Hospital Galway included in group of 9 which form kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan

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University Hospital Galway is included in a group of 9 which form the kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan announced today
The 30 million euro initiative aims to prepare the health system for the next four months – with a special focus from the 17th December to January 13th.
During that time extra beds will be made available at 9 hospitals around the country, including UHG, while 550 homecare packages will be available to free up space for acute patients.
The HSE’s Vida Hamilton is advising people to avoid A&E if they can.
However, the former General Secretary of the INMO and member of the Slaintecare Advisory Council, Liam Doran says the plan comes very late in the day.

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Funding announced for improvement works at two Headford graveyards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 20 thousand euro has been allocated to fund two improvement projects at graveyards in Headford.

Cargin graveyard, Clydagh will receive funds to carry-out re-surfacing works to the carpark.

Meanwhile, a grant has been allocated to construct an entrance and stone boundary wall at Killursa.

The funding has been announced by Minister of State and Galway East TD Sean Canney following consultation with Galway County Council.

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Met Eireann issues low temperature warning for entire country

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Met Éireann’s issued another low temperature warning for all counties except Donegal tonight.

We’re being told temperatures could dip as low as four degrees below freezing from 9 o’ clock tonight.

It means a hard frost and a risk of ice forming on roads.

The forecaster says it could stay below freezing until the middle of Sunday morning, with the warning in force until 11am.

A status yellow low temperature warning was in place for Leinster and Connacht until 11am this morning – with temperatures as low as minus four recorded in Athenry.

Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution – as Cathal Nolan, from the Ireland Weather Channel, warns of frosty conditions over the next few mornings.

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Average city home now costs €325 thousand

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average home in Galway City is now worth almost €325 thousand – while its counterpart in the county is worth just under €175 thousand.

According to the Irish Independent Price Survey for 2020, it’s expected prices will rise by several percent over the course of this year.

According to the price survey, the average home in Galway City is now worth €323 thousand – a rise of 5 percent over the past year.

It’s predicted that prices will rise by a further 3 percent in the year ahead.

Meanwhile, in the county, the average property is worth €173 thousand – an increase of 2 percent over the last 12 months.

It’s estimated that prices will rise by about 2 percent over the course of this year – with Tuam noted as the fastest growing town in the region.

Nationally, the largest increase was in Co. Donegal – where house prices rose by 12 percent to now stand at €235 thousand on average.

While the biggest drop – some 3 percent – was recorded in Dublin South County, where the average home is currently worth €745 thousand.

The most expensive property market overall is Dublin 6 – where the average home will set you back €850 thousand.

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