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TUAM CLLR HITS OUT AT CUTS DESPITE LOCAL AUTHORITY SAVINGS

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Date Published: 16-Aug-2012

A Galway Cllr has hit out at cuts to the local authority and says savings and efficiencies achieved by the county council, will not benefit the community.

Tuam Cllr Sean Canney has praised council officials for the 5 million euro in savings made in the 12 month period to the end of March.

This was achieved by cutting staff by 25 percent and reducing the revenue budget from 160 million to 136 million euro in 2012.

However Cllr Canney says cuts of 3.1 million euro to the third quarter allocation of the local government fund has left the county council in an embarassing situation, where previously agreed funding commitments can no longer be met.

This involves various community groups who had relied of provisionally agreed amenity grants.

The 3 million cut is related to the compliance rate of payment of the Household Charge, which in the county currently stands at 59 percent.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Cllr Canney says local services will suffer despite Galway County Council’s intense focus on making savings and efficiencies this year:

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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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