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MAYOR SAYS TAXPAYER IS THE VICTIM IN CITY PLAN RE-VOTE

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Date Published: 08-Jun-2011

Mayor of Galway, Michael Crowe says it’s disappointing that the taxpayer has to foot the bill for a legal challenge because the council ignored its own rules.

A controversial part of Galway City Development Plan is due to be voted again on next week following a High Court ruling yesterday.

Mr. Justice George Birmingham directed the 15 city councillors to reconsider part of the plan which would designate lands at Westside retail park as a district centre.

Former Mayor of Galway, Micheál O’ hUiginn, who took the legal action, wants the rezoning approved to allow him to build a Tesco foodstore.

A vote was taken at a meeting last January rejecting the designation, with the then Deputy Mayor, Brian Walsh, using his casting vote because it was tied.

This vote included Councillor Catherine Connolly, whose fellow councillors had earlier voted should leave the meeting because of offensive remarks she made.

She did not leave and Micheál Ó hUigínn argued that if she had left the meeting, the vote would have gone in his favour.

The High Court ruled that the matter be reconsidered by councillors and it’s understood a meeting will take place next Monday.

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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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