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ART GALLERY REPRESENTATIVES DISAPPOINTED AFTER CITY COUNCIL MEETING ABANDONED

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Date Published: 15-Jan-2013

A meeting of Galway City Council was abandoned last evening following a heated exchange between a councillor and city officials.

Councillor Padraig Coneely refused to withdraw remarks made in relation to responses given by director of services Eugene Cummins.

Mr. Cummins was answering questions on the Galway fire services when Councillor Conneely spoke up over what he claimed were vague responses.

City Manager Joe O’ Neil requested several times that Cllr Conneely withdraw remarks made, and when he refused to do so management stood up and left.

Despite pleas by several councillors that the meeting continue, city officials and councillors filed out of the room.

There was shock in city hall as around 20 members of gallery 126 in the city had waited over 5 hours to hear about arts grants which were on the agenda for discussion.

Representatives said they were disappointed the item had been deferred.

Prior to the outburst, City Council heard a presentation given by Eugene Cummins surrounding changes to the Galway fire services.

Accompanied by chief fire officer, Michael Raftery the council heard the measure to extend the city limit to a radius of 5 miles would save in the region of 25 to 40 thousand euro a year.

Councillor Colette Connolly described this as a paltry sum and called for the re-instatement of the 2.5 kilometre boundary.

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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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