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CITY ASYLUM CENTRE TO CLOSE

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Date Published: 10-Oct-2012

A decision has been made to close an asylum accomodation centre in the city.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed that Lisbrook House, formerly the IBIS hotel, off the Headford road, will close by the end of next month.

It follows a review on an earlier decision by the reception and integration agency to close the facility, which houses over 250 men, women and children.

In a statement, Minister Shatter says that the fundamental problem with keeping the centre open to the end of the school year in July 2013 is cost.

The cost of buying beds would amount to over 2 million euro, which the Government says could be put to better use.

On the specifics, the transfer of residents will take place from now until mid to late November.

Single people will begin to be moved over the next 10 days, most will go to the Great Western in Eyre Square and others will go to two other centres in Limerick city.

Families of children attending secondary school will transfer to the Eglington in Salthill to ensure their education will not be interrupted.

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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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