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COUNTY COUNCIL TO RESTORE GRANTS TO OLDER PEOPLE BY REDUCING EXPENDITURE

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Date Published: 23-Oct-2012

Galway County Council has reversed an earlier decision to suspend grants to older people and people with disabilities.

The decision to withold payment of these grants was taken in the summer months when the Department of the Environment advised of cuts to the local government fund due to the level of non-compliance with the household charge.

The allocation of 2.4 million in mobility aid grants has however now been restored as well as 400 thousand euro in funding grants in the areas of community and enterprise and burial ground maintenance.

The reversal has been made possible following a reduction in expenditure budgets which will see Galway County Council’s provision for capital funding this year cut in half from 300 thousand for 2012 to 150 thousand.

Water Services, Environmental Services and Central Management are among the other areas to also have their budgets scaled back.

The local government fund cut of almost 780 thousand euro was imposed due to the level of compliance with the household charge which has since rised to almost 65 percent.

Head of Finance with Galway County Council Ger Mullarkey says although the budget reductions were difficult, it means key grant areas are now restored.

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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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