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FUTURE OF GALWAY ASYLUM CENTRE TO BE RAISED WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

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Date Published: 10-Sep-2012

Galway West Labour TD Derek Nolan is to call on the Justice Department to clarify any relocation plans for asylum seeker families at the city’s Lisbrook centre off the Headford Road.

It’s understood hundreds of families and their children may be moved, due to the planned closure of the centre, the former Ibis Hotel.

More than 80 per cent of the residents of various nationalities have been in direct provision accommodation for more than four years.

The Department of Justice has confirmed the move is part of an “ongoing consolidation” of accommodation for asylum seekers across the State.

Deputy Nolan says he became aware of the situation when he was contacted by local Irish families over the weekend.

He says any plans for such a move must be clearly thought out to avoid any unneccessary disruption as the school term starts:

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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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