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DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM SAYS NO SANCTION FOR GALWAY VOLVO DEBTS

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Date Published: 21-Dec-2012

The Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport says NO sanction has been given to provide funding for debts accrued by the Volvo ocean race.

Organisers of the Galway race finale ‘Let’s do it Global’ are seeking Government assistance to deal with debts outstanding to an estimated 50 creditors.

The company which organised this year’s hugely succesful Volvo Ocean race finale in Galway, has been left with bills of up to 450 thousand euro.

Let’s do it Global representatives had meet with Government TD’s in recent weeks in an effort to get Government assistance to finalise the bills.

However, In a statement to Galway Bay Fm news, the Department of Transport says no sanction has been given to provide funding accrued by the Volvo Ocean race, and no instruction has been issued regarding this to the Department of Transport.

It adds the Volvo Ocean race has already received the single largest grant from Failte Ireland in 2012, and more than double the funding provided to all other major international events.

It goes on to say that the Department did receive a request from Let’s do it Global shortly after the festival and was informed that addtional funding was not available.

This year’s Volvo Ocean race finale saw over 900 thousand visits by spectators anf tourists to the race village and global village.

It’s economic impact to the city and environs is estimated to be valued at up to 100 million euro.

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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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