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State’s own goal on airport grant leaves taxpayer out of pocket

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Date Published: 08-Jun-2011

The Government’s decision not to support Galway Airport from next year onwards means that – instead of saving taxpayers’ money by cutting subsidies – the State’s coffers will actually be significantly worse off in 2012. Because despite their ‘pro jobs’ rhetoric, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and his Cabinet colleagues’ decision to drop funding to the airport next year will result in a net loss to the exchequer.

The airport was seeking just €1.2 million in operation subvention in 2012 but the decision announced on Tuesday, which will effectively close the Carnmore facility, will result in the direct loss of €700,000 PRSI contributions and – with the airport’s 62 employees facing the dole queue – the Government can expect an additional social welfare bill of €650,000.

The airport got a temporary ‘stay of execution’ after being thrown a funding lifeline this week but the long-term threat of closure that has been hanging over the Carnmore facility, remains after Minister Varadkar bluntly ruled out any funding after 2012.

The airport will recieve between €1.2 million and €1.7 million this year, after an additional €5 million for regional airports was ‘rejigged’ within the Transport Department’s budget but, speaking on RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland Minister Varadkar said he would not be able to find further funds to support Galway in 2012. “There’s no point in people coming to my office looking for more money . . . the decision is made and it’s not going to be reversed,” he said.

Airport management has consistently maintained that without state support it would close and speaking to the Connacht Tribune airport Managing Director Joe Walsh said this latest decision “could spell the demise of the airport”.

See full story and editorial comment in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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