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CALL FOR INVESTMENT IN WESTERN RAIL CORRIDOR

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Date Published: 02-Dec-2012

Northwest MEP, Jim Higgins, has called for a renewed focus on developing the Western Rail Corridor.

It comes as Iarnród Éireann has announced it’s to reduce its daily services on the Galway to Limerick line due to a lack of passenger demand.

The schedule will be reduced from six to five each way journeys daily which involves cutting the 11.55 Limerick to Galway service and the 12.10 Galway to Limerick service.

A spokeperson for Iarnród Éireann says the firm is responding to demand with other services such as the Galway to Dublin line seeing an extra train in each direction, to increase weekly frequency from eight to nine.

Another significant change will see journey time improvements on the Galway Dublin line of between five and 25 minutes.

Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann says the services cut on the Limerick line were not heavily loaded.

He says the original schedule for the line was made with regional development in mind which did not materialise.

However, according to MEP Higgins the completion of the rail corridor would cost less than the recently proposed luas project.

He says lobby group, West on Track, is to submit a complaint to the European Comissions Committee claiming that structural funds have largely been used in the East and South of the country.

MEP Higgins says he would support such a petition.

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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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