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DEBATE ON COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET 2013 UNDERWAY

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Date Published: 17-Dec-2012

Debate on the 2013 budget for County Galway is underway.

The draft budget for 2013 is 127 million euro – that equates to a 6 percent reduction on the 2012 adopted budget of 135 million euro.

County Manager Martina Maloney told councillors that the budget had been compiled recognising the difficulties experienced by businesses and households across the county.

With this in mind, there’s no plan to increase commercial rates

However, it is being proposed to increased Commercial Water charges by 18 cent per cubic metre.

There’s also a proposal to increase Waste Water charges by 19 cent.

Councillors gathered at the budget meeting heard that so far this year a futher 53 employees left county council and have not been replaced, bringing total reduction in numbers since 2008 to 336.

Martina Maloney added that due to limited funds the council was unable to make provision for any contingencies that might arise in 2013 – for example costs arising from severe weather events or unexpected incidents.

In terms of CAPITAL INVESTMENT the 2013 to 2015 plan involves the progression of the Gort to Tuam road.

In terms of the city outer bypass, work will continue to resolve legal issues while work is to be completed to facilitate the opening of Oranmore railway station.

The Council will also continue to work with Failte Ireland on the development of the tourism product including the Oughterard to Clifden greenway.

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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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