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NEW RULES FOR PUBLIC ATTENDANCE AT CITY COUNCIL

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Date Published: 12-Feb-2013

 

A man has been released without charge following his arrest at a protest outside City Hall last evening.

The demonstration was monitored by Gardai and the main doors of City Hall were locked as protestors chanted intermittently as the City Council’s meeting progressed.

The man was arrested for public order offences after he tried to get back into the Chamber.

The protest took place on the night Councillors went on to make changes to certain standing orders including an insertion that members of the public booking seats at council meetings are required to give their name and contact details and may be required to produce I.D.

The measure had been initially agreed at a meeting of City Council last March.

Cllr Declan McDonnell said people shouldn’t be afraid of giving information while Cllr Catherine Connolly voted against the measure.

She said that while what happened was unfortunate, people should reflect on what’s happening in democracy.

Cllr Frank Fahy proposed the new requirement which was seconded by Cllr Hildegarde Naughton and supported by a total of 12 Cllrs.

 

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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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