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TCCA RENEWS CALL FOR INQUIRY INTO HANDLING TO TURF CUTTING BAN

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Date Published: 08-Nov-2012

The Turf Cutters and Contractors Association has renewed its call for a sworn judicial inquiry into the handling of a turf cutting ban which currently affects 12 bog complexes in County Galway.

It follows the stepping down of the Peatland’s Council Chairman Conor Skehan and his replacement by Seamus Boland.

Mr Boland has vowed to work with all relevant stakeholders to find suitable solutions.

Conor Skehan, who headed the Peatlands Council since April last year, made the decision to step-down in order to concentrate on other personal and professional committments.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht says that under his stewardship, an initial public consultation phase on a new National Peatlands Strategy was overseen.

However, the TCCA has criticised the peatlands council and says the government strategy for resolving the controversy is now in tatters.

The group has tabled its proposals to both the government and the EU Commission, on the EU directive which prevents cutting in special areas of conservation.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news TCCA Chairman Michael Fitzmaurice has wished the outgoing Chairman well but says a new approach is now needed to replace the current Peatlands Council.

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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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