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GALWAY COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE EFFORTS TO CLAW BACK BUDGET DEFICIT

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Date Published: 30-Jun-2009

Up to 14 thousand holiday home owners across the county will be pursued for a 200 euro charge in an attempt to generate at least 2 point 8 million euro for Galway County Council.

There are also fears more jobs may be lost at Galway county council in an effort to
deal with a major reduction in their budget allocation.

Ten million euro has been slashed from funding allocation for Galway County Council since the original budget was adopted in April of this year.

As it now stands, Local Government funding has been cut from 38 million 114 thousand to 36 million 888 thousand, the roads grant allocation has been cut from 31 point six million to 23 point 3 million, and there has been an additional reduction of 1 point 6 million in capital funding.

Galway County Council are also anticipating a major income reduction in areas such as development contributions, water and sewage as many families and businesses struggle with the economic downturn.

At a meeting of Galway County Council today, management outlined a number of steps that will have to be taken to deal with the further cuts to the 2009 budget.

These include a reduction in staff costs, travel fees and professional fees, tendering to achieve cost reduction, the offer to staff of an early retirement scheme, career break scheme and special leave without pay.

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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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