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FEDERATION CALLS FOR CLAMP-DOWN ON ILLICIT TRADE IN GALWAY

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Date Published: 22-Mar-2013

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) is calling for a government clamp-down on illicit trade in Galway and nationwide.

The group reports that in the last four years, 178 million illegal cigarettes were seized by Gardai and Revenue officials in the Border, Midlands and West region which includes Galway.

Local retailers attended a meeting held in Loughrea recently where a range of approaches to tackle the issue were discussed.

The NFRN also refers to figures released last month which show that over 15 percent of cigarettes smoked in Galway had not been taxed in Ireland.

The group has now made a presentation to the Oireachtas Comittee on Justice, Defence and Equality.

They propose a complete ban on the sale of tabacco products at markets and fairs as well as a minimum fine.

Joe Sweeney is the President of NFRN Ireland and says the problem is growing and will cost jobs in the retail sector

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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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