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FORMER EMPLOYEE DEFENDS GALWAY EAST TD COLM KEAVENEY

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Date Published: 24-Sep-2012

The former parliamentary assistant of Galway East TD Colm Keaveney has moved to clarify the circumstances of his departure from the role.

It follows revelations that Deputy Keaveney hired his wife Deirdre on a job share basis since July 2011 until she took the post up on a full time basis earlier this month.

Ballinasloe Town Cllr Johnny Walsh says he shared the position with Deirdre Keaveney for a 6 month period from February until the end of August.

He worked a 16 hour week from bases in Tuam and Ballinasloe for an annual salary of 16 thousand 380 euro.

Cllr Walsh says he and Deputy Keaveney reached a mutual and amicable agreement to end his term after the boundary commission changes were announced.

Deputy Keaveney has stressed that he has defied no party guidelines in hiring his wife.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Cllr Walsh says it made political sense to leave as he could no longer work from his Ballinasloe base.

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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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