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MEP SAYS CAP DEAL WILL BENEFIT FARMING SECTOR IN THE WEST

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Date Published: 20-Mar-2013

North West MEP Jim Higgins says the draft agreement on reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy will be of particular benefit to the agri-sector in the West of Ireland.

EU agriculture ministers reached an agreement at a meeting in Brussels last night and further trialogue talks are planned before a formal deal is signed off.

Irish farmers are particularly concerned about how Single Farm Payments would be distributed under the European Commission’s demand for a flat rate payment per acre.

However, MEP Higgins says the deal allows a fair system of distribution as well as helping Ireland to reach Food Harvest 2020 targets.

He has also welcomed plans for a 25 percent top-up for young farmers and a deal to end sugar quotas in 2017.

Speaking from Brussels this afternoon, MEP Higgins says the proposed deal is driven by fairness and will be beneficial for farming in the West.

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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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