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32 PER CENT OF COUNTY YET TO PAY HOUSEHOLD CHARGES

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Date Published: 19-Jan-2013

32 percent of county homeowners have yet to pay the household charge.

Almost 42 thousand 700 of the county’s households have paid the 100 euro charge.

Of these 735 homeowners who are either in receipt of Mortgage Interest Supplement or listed on a record of unfinished estates were entitled to a waiver.

Arrears for those who pay the household charge to the Local Government Management Agency by the end of April this year are to be capped at 30 euro – leaving a total charge of 130 euro.

The city now has the second highest compliance rate of all local authorities in the country at 78 percent, representing over 21 thousand homes out of a total of 27 thousand liable households.

Galway County Council’s Head of Finance Ger Mullarkey says while a 68 percent complaince rate is to be welcomed, those who have not yet paid by July will be pursued by the Revenue

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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