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CITY COUNCIL DEFERS PLANS FOR REDUCED BURIAL SERVICE

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Date Published: 11-Sep-2012

Galway City Council has agreed to defer plans to reduce the current seven day burial service to six, following high level objections by councillors.

At last evening’s council meeting, Director of services Ciarán Hayes proposed to reduce the service to six days with immediate effect.

He qualified this by stating the council was breaching compliance with the working time act, and added that an extra six staff were needed to cover the service.

During intense talks, City Councillor Ollie Crowe questioned how the current six staff could run a six day service, but a total of 12 were needed to run seven days.

Ciaran Hayes said that the staff would be needed to cover situations arising from extra burial demands, and that he had made representations to get the extra numbers required.

Councillor Donal Lyons said that people were very distressed about plans to cut the service, while Cllr Billy Cameron objected to tampering with the service.

City Councillors agreed unanimously to keeping the current 7 day burial service in place until December and in the interim find a way to keep it operating full time in 2013.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, City Councillor Declan McDonnell said councillors would find a way to keep the service going.

 

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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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