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County walking and cycling strategy adopted

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Date Published: 24-Apr-2013

A walking and cycling strategy has been adopted for the county.

Galway bay fm reports the draft report was presented to members at this week’s meeting of the local authority by Senior Engineer Liam Gavin.

He told the chamber that references to the Tuam-Athenry greenway are to be removed from the final strategy, as well as a number of other changes to the draft including updated statistics and alternatives being considered by the NRA for the R446 route.

He explained nine submissions were received for the draft which is a framework to be used to seek funding for certain projects in the future.

The amended strategy as presented by Liam Gavin was passed with the support of 22 members.

Cllr Shaun Cunniffe raised a counter-proposal and asked that the strategy not exclude the possibility of a greenway from Tuam to Kilbannon.

He said if a railway was to become a reality, it would then take precedence over the greenway.

Cllr Peter Feeney said that while he is in favour of greenways, he believes there are

alternatives.

He told the meeting that he feels there is no reason to break what he described as ‘the link for what is since 1860 an important piece of infrastructure’.

Cllr Peter Feeney said the council has a responsibility to maintain what it has until it can be reopened

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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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