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GALWAY RECORDS HIGHEST INCREASE IN NEW BUILDING ACTIVITY IN 2012

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Date Published: 24-Jan-2013

Galway had the largest year-on-year increase in new buildings nationwide last year.

Figures released by GeoDirectory show there was a 39 percent increase from 688 buildings in 2011 to 1,314 last year.

The 2012 building stock comprises 1,197 residential buildings, 82 commercial buildings and 35 were dual purpose.

These additions bring the county’s building stock to over 109 thousand.

The data also shows that 12 percent of new commercial and residential stock in Galway is now vacant.

CEO of GeoDirectory Dara Keogh says the Galway figures are promising but are coming from a very low 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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