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LOUGHREA MAYOR QUESTIONS IMPACT OF TOWN COUNCIL ABOLITION ON LOCAL COMMUNITY

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Date Published: 16-Oct-2012

The people of Loughrea may face losing a direct line of local representation following the government decision’s to scrap the town council.

That’s according to Mayor of Loughrea Geraldine Bane who says while reform is needed, an important connection may now be lost for local residents.

Her comments come following an announcement by Environment Minister Phil Hogan this afternoon that Tuam, Ballinasloe and Loughrea Town Councils are among those to be scrapped.

Nationally, the action plan entitled ‘Putting People First’ will see the abolition of 83 local authorities – nearly all of them town councils – as part of plans to save 420 million euro.

They’ll be replaced with a new system of municipal districts operating under the county or city council system.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news this afternoon, Loughrea Mayor Geraldine Bane questions whether this is the type of reform needed.

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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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