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COUNCIL ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATION IN LEAD PIPES CONTROVERSY

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Date Published: 21-Apr-2009

The City Council is being accused of discrimination against some city people who cannot afford to replace lead pipes in their homes.

At last night’s meeting, Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes said that the Council would increase the provision of bottled water to those who request it.

This follows the lead contamination crisis late last year which affected Old Mervue, Shantalla, the Claddagh, Bohermore and other parts of the city.

Mr Hayes said the Council is upgrading the public pipe infrastructure in Old Mervue in the city and it’s the responsibility of householders themselves to connect to it from the tap.

He said that he cannot sustain providing free bottled water and water tanks on an ongoing basis once the new water system is up and running, from September onwards.

Council members want a grant system set up to help householders pay for the replacement of lead piping.

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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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