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NO SOLUTION YET TO INISHMORE FERRY PRICE CONTROVERSY

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Date Published: 08-Feb-2013

The Gaeltacht Minister is unable to offer a guarantee on reducing ferry prices for residents of the Aran Island of Inis Mor.

Three representatives of the Island including Manager of the co-op Cathy Ní Ghoill met with Dinny McGinley in Furbo this afternoon.

Islanders now plan to request a meeting with the ferry provider and roinn na Gaeltachta.

The Government ferry contract ceased last week after no tenders were received and negotiations with the existing provider failed.

The provider had sought an increase which the department said it was not in a position to sanction and ferry travel fares have now increased from 8 to 15 euro.

Concerns regarding the air service subsidy were also raised and it’s understood a decision on the matter will be announced at the end of this month.

Cathy Ni Ghoill says while a number of proposals were made at this afternoons meeting, there is still no solution to the ferry price increase

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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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