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COUNTY COUNCIL GETS MORE POWER ON ROAD SPENDING

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Date Published: 08-Mar-2013

A new rural road maintenance initiative will give greater power to local authorities on how it spends road grants.

That’s according to Galway West TD, Seán Kyne following the announcement of the plan which allows councils to re-focus funding to maintain local roads.

For Galway County Council, it means it now has discretion over 30 percent of its 8.1 million euro allocation – it had been 7 percent.

Meanwhile, the county council is to receive the second highest amount, after Cork, from a new 2.7 million euro fund to improve road drainage.

It now gains over 181 thousand euro to address the issue which can often lead to more serious problems with roads.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne says the council now has greater flexibility in allocating road improvement funding

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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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