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CALL FOR URGENT ACTION ON INIS MOR FERRY CONTRACT

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Date Published: 01-Feb-2013

Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv is calling on the governement to retender its ferry contract for the Aran Island of Inis Mor.

Ferry travel fares for the largest island increased from 8 to 15 euro today after the government discontinued its contract yesterday.

40 thousand euro was provided per year as part of the previous contract but the existing operator had sought an increase which the department said it was not in a position to sanction.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’Cuiv says the fare increase adds significantly to the cost of living on Inis Mor and the lack of contract removes any previous conditions of service for islander travel.

He’s calling for some form of State subsidy for the tickets as an interim measure and says the contract must be retendered.

He raised the matter with Minister Dinny McGinley in the Dail last evening.

Responding, Minister Dinny McGinley said his Department is doing its upmost to provide services to the Island.

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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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