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GALWAY SMALL BUSINESSES TO BENEFIT FROM EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND GUARANTEE

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Date Published: 10-Jan-2013

Small businesses in Galway are set to benefit from a new agreement between MicroFinance Ireland and the European Investment Fund.

The deal aims to support small enterprise in gaining access to funds.

Galway Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins says the fund is specifically targetted at small enterprise during their crucial growth phase.

It aims to help over 5 thousand such businesses nationwide and assist in the creation of 7 thousand 700 jobs.

Through the new agreement, the EIF will manage the guarantee under its Progress Microfinance initiative and will allow credit providers in the EU to increase lending.

Senator Higgins says economic recovery is within our sights and small businesses have an important role to play.

Her comments come as figures released by the IDA this week show it had a net gain of 630 new jobs in Galway and Mayo last year.

 

 

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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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