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CITY COUNCILLORS ANGRY AT IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW FIRE SERVICE RADIUS

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Date Published: 04-Dec-2012

A letter is to be sent to the Chief Fire Officer asking him to address the council in the New Year

Councillors had been hoping he would address them prior to the implementation of a new call out radius which they feel endangers lives

The new changes which involve extending the city limit to a radius of 5 miles before the part time crew is called in were implemented at the weekend.

However their letter of invitation was late being sent out and there was a delay in replying

This meant his letter stating he was happy to talk to them arrived just as the new 5 mile call out radius was implemented on Saturday

City manager Joe O Neill remains adamant that this is a staffing matter for the Fire Chief and the city council can’t dictate how he runs his service

However councillors pointed out the city council makes a substantial contribution to the fire service which gives them a say

Cllr Tom Costello said the saving of 25 thousand euro in changing the radius from 2 and a half miles to 5 is very minor given that this is a life or death situation

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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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