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GALWAY TIMBER COMPANIES VOICE CONCERNS OVER SALE OF COILLTE RIGHTS

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Date Published: 27-Feb-2013

Two Galway based timber companies claim hundreds of jobs will be lost if the proposed sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights goes ahead.

A Daíl debate of a United Left Alliance motion opposing the sale is expected to conclude with a vote later this evening.

The Government is considering plans to sell Coillte’s harvesting rights for an estimated 600 million euro.

However the Irish Timber Council claims this could lead to the loss of up to 2,500 jobs, and representatives led a delegation to the Oireachtas this week.

Two of the largest timber companies in the country are based here in Galway – ECC and Murray Timber.

ECC employs 110 staff at its site in Corr na Mona and another 210 people in spin off services.

The Murray timber group, which has sites in Ballygar and Carlow, employs around 140 people directly and 150 people indirectly.

The sawmill was set up in Ballygar over 30 years ago.

 

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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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