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Work on bike stations is temporarily suspended

Work has been suspended on three of the docking stations planned for the city’s bike rental scheme after councillors voiced their concerns over the locations. The chief executive of Galway City Council Brendan McGrath told councillors at the last council meeting that he would discuss the issues with officials from the National Transport Authority (NTA)…

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Hostile policy is keeping motorhomes away from Galway city

Galway city, the tourism capital of the West of Ireland, is implementing planning policies that are openly hostile to motorhomes, an industry estimated to be worth €3.3 billion annually in Europe. Galway’s ‘céad míle fáilte’ no longer extends to the operators of motorhomes and camper vans, who have been banned from Galway Harbour following a…

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New lease of life for city’s residential building sector

A new lease of life is being breathed into Galway’s ailing residential construction sector, with activity in the first eight months of the year up more than 40% on the same period in 2013. Work got underway on almost 300 new homes in the city and county between January and August – seen as a…

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Carrowbrowne composting facility set to be privatized

Galway City Council’s composting facility at Carrowbrowne looks set to be privatised, after the local authority was told it would require significant investment to bring it up to EPA and Department of Agriculture requirements. The Council is under increasing pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Dept to invest in the facility in order…

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Minister set for talks on Outer Bypass

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will visit Galway next month to discuss the new route for the City Outer Bypass – which is set to be identified early next year. The route will go on public display before a planning application is lodged directly with An Bord Pleanála under the IROPI process. This ‘fast tracking’ process…

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NUIG steps up drug patrols on campus

NUI Galway authorities have stepped up security patrols on the campus, following reports of heroin addicts openly using the drug. The college is working closely with Gardaí in an effort to prevent drug use on the lands, where used hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia have been found. There is an increased security presence and regular…

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Some housing applicants on list for eleven years

The direct provision of social housing was the best solution to ensuring shorter housing lists, Chief Executive of Galway City Council said this week. Brendan McGrath said this at a City Council meeting following the presentation of the city’s third quarterly housing report. Councillors didn’t hold back their frustration that almost 4,000 applicants were still on the…

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Revealed – cost of a County Council seat

Aspiring politicians who want to top the poll in the local elections and spend relatively little money in the process could do worse than have a chat with Cllr. Timmy Broderick in Kilconnell. The publican received one of the biggest first preferences in the whole of the country and spent the least amount of money…

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Priests shortage may mean more flexible funerals

There are no plans to introduce collective weddings or funerals in response to a shortage of priests in Galway. The communications officer for Galway Diocese, Fr Diarmuid Hogan, said however more flexibility may be required when it comes to planning ceremonies like funerals. “Both weddings and funerals are extraordinarily important times in the lives of…

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Call for ban on sulky racing

In the aftermath of the Ballinasloe Fair, a call has been made for laws to be put in place to prevent Travellers engaging in sulky racing on public roads and housing estates. It is claimed that they pose an unacceptable danger to both pedestrians and motorists and the practice should be banned. And it was…

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