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GALWAY LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAFE FROM FOURTH QUARTER CUTS

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Date Published: 24-Sep-2012

Galway city and county councils are hopeful that their fourth quarter local government fund will NOT be targeted for further cuts.

It follows a letter from the Department of the Environment to all local authorities in which Minister Phil Hogan stated that household charge collection rates will continue to be linked with funding allocation.

Both Galway city and county councils received cuts to their third quarter allocation due to the level on non-compliance in payment of the household charge.

The Minister has said he will now review the fourth quarter payments in mid-November.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council says the current compliance rate is now just over 72 percent which means no further deductions should be taken from its funding allocation.

The Finance Department at Galway County Council says the compliance rate is now 63 percent with 400 properties or more registering each week since the last batch of reminder letters.

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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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