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Shoppers spend €120m in city over festive period

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Shoppers will have spent more than €120 million in Galway City over the Christmas and January sales – just marginally up on what was spent during the same period last year.

Footfall was definitely up in the city, something city businesses know for sure thanks to a new system used at the Christmas Continental Market which counted 607,000 people walking through Eyre Square during the four weeks, which probably translates to at least 210,000 people visiting the event on average three times each.

Retailer Anthony Ryan, Chairman of the Galway City Business Association, which represents businesses in the city centre, said they were quite happy with their trade performance, one that was predicted nationally by the Retail Excellence Ireland group, which represents retailers all over the country.

It is estimated that about €60m was spent in the city in the run-up to Christmas – that includes the city centre and shopping centres and retail parks across the city – and the same again is expected to be spent by the end of the sales towards the end of January.

“We knew people would continue to be cautious when it came to spending and you can’t blame them but we are happy that Galway performed on trend and that there was a marginal increase, probably 2% to 3%, on what was spent in the city at Christmas and the sales last year.

“The bad storms affected us last year and though we had windy and wet weather for the last week of the Christmas Market, the Saturday before Christmas was one of our strongest days and last Saturday, too, was particularly busy. Despite inclement weather on St Stephen’s Day, a good number of people turned out for the start of the sales.

“The retail sector had bottomed out in the past few years because of the recession, but we predict some growth and there’s a definite trend where more spending is expected nationally. The retail sector is always one of the hardest hit in recession and we knew that it would take a while for spending to trickle down to us. I am personally optimistic about the future and I often say to other retailers and our own staff here that we’re not doing too badly,” said Mr Ryan.

Retail Excellence Ireland, which surveyed 300 retailers across the country, noted that despite the positive economic outlook, consumer spending had been softer than expected and was only marginally up on the same period last year. As a result, retailers were offering major discounts post Christmas.

Discount or no discount, a number of shops will always attract a sales crowd because of gift cards and vouchers bought there as Christmas presents.

For more on this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune

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2020 still far short of private funding target

Dara Bradley

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Galway 2020, the company set-up to deliver the European Capital of Culture next year, remains well behind on its target of raising €6.75 million in private funding.

Making Waves, the bid book that won Galway the designation, committed Galway 2020 to raising income totalling €6.75 million from private sponsors and philanthropists.

The bid book specified that this was income to be spent on operating expenditure for the year-long programme of events.

With less than a month to go before the official programme is unveiled, Galway 2020 declined this week to confirm how much money it has raised through sponsorship.

Galway 2020 has consistently said that it intends to raise €6.75m in sponsorship; and this figure has been quoted in several briefing documents prepared for Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, which were released to the Galway City Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

A briefing note for Minister Madigan dated April 10, 2019, under the heading, ‘philanthropy’, mentioned that some €133,477 had been received in total by Galway 2020 in sponsorship and in-kind support as of December 31, 2018.

In March 2019, a financial report by Galway 2020, confirmed that the company had raised less than €30,000 in private sponsorship income last year. This suggests that some €100,000 of the total raised last year, was in-kind.

When asked to clarify how much cash it has raised from sponsorship, minus in-kind support, Galway 2020 said its “fundraising target hasn’t changed”.

“The current value of the fundraising and partnerships pipeline is €4.5m – this includes a combination of commercial as well as trusts and foundations, comprising funds already committed, proposals submitted and further partnerships that are under consideration. These proposals and agreements are a combination of cash and in-kind support,” it said.

Galway 2020 declined to elaborate on how much of this €4.5 million “pipeline” was income and how much was in-kind support. It also did not say how much of that “pipeline” is already ‘banked’, and how much was not yet collected.

Included in that €4.5 million figure was a “significant corporate partnership with Medtronic”, which has become the health partner of Galway 2020 and sponsor of its Wave Maker volunteer programme, it said. However, Galway 2020 did not elaborate on the cash value – as opposed to any in-kind value – of that agreement, which was announced a fortnight ago.

“The nature of the breakdown of partnership agreements are commercially sensitive to each of our partners,” a spokesperson said.

The sole mention of the term “in-kind” in the bid book is on page 89, where it states: “The Promotion & Marketing budget described above will be supplemented by in-kind marketing benefit from our supporters, strategic partners & producers.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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120 households facing eviction

Dara Bradley

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Low-income city households are staring down the barrel of homelessness after a flood of eviction notices were issued this Summer.

Galway City Council has confirmed that landlords have issued a total of 120 Notices to Quit to families and single people in June and July. Twelve were on RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) or Long-Term Leasing, and the remaining 108 were on HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) or other social schemes in the private rental sector.

All 120 are on the Council housing wait list, but anecdotally, scores more private tenants have been issued with notices to vacate their apartments and houses – adding more fuel to the ongoing crisis.

The 120-plus evicted tenants are now in the market to find alternative rental accommodation, and are competing with the thousands of third level students who are back in the city this month searching for digs.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Rowing club resists plans for College Bar canopy

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The development of a canopy outside the bar at NUIG is being challenged by a local rowing club on the grounds that some of its elderly members feel intimidated by the drinkers who use the facility.

Concerns relate to the access to the Eglinton Canal –  it was stated that the erection of the new structure would increase the number of patrons using the area along the pathway.

Earlier this year Galway City Council granted planning permission to NUIG Students Union for the development of an external canopy and covered area at An Sult College Bar.

However, this is now the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club on the grounds that it will impede the club’s right of way along the canal.

The college bar overlooks the Eglinton Canal and is a popular and reasonably priced haunt for students during the college term.

It was proposed to provide a canopy in addition to their external area. The college bar is a protected structure, given that it is a stone building and is the main pedestrian entrance to the university campus.

The applicants say that due to the sensitive nature of the site, the modern structure of the canopy is proposed to contrast against the protected stone structure and also create “an architectural feature” at the main pedestrian entrance.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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