With more than 74 empty houses and 3,619 households on the housing waiting list, the recent allocation of €415,000 for the city, although welcome, is a drop in the ocean with more needed to tackle the lack of housing which is at crisis point.
The Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan, recently announced funding of almost €860,000 to Galway city and county councils for the upgrade of social housing. The City Council is to receive €415,000 of this funding, which will be used to upgrade 21 units with an average cost per unit of almost €20,000. The remaining funding of €444,000 will be used by Galway County Council to upgrade 30 units, with the average cost per unit of almost €15,000. The funding is part of a €15 million investment in vacant local authority housing across the country with the view to reducing the long waiting lists.
Adults who have completed cancer treatment at least six months ago are being asked to participate in a series of group discussions on cancer-related fatigue, organised by the School of Psychology at NUI Galway.
The group discussions will offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences with, and thoughts about, cancer-related fatigue, in a casual environment and with complete confidentiality.
The man described as the ‘most important person ever to visit Ballybrit Racecourse’ will be remembered with fondness there on Sunday at a special thanksgiving Mass at noon.
The event will mark the canonisation of Pope John Paul 11 whose visit here on September 30 1979 was one of the most memorable moments in Galway’s history. More than a quarter of a million people attended the papal visit.