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10 thousand city council bin customers to get letters about privatisation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The 10 thousand customers of the city council refuse service will receive letters tomorrow about the closure of its household waste collection.

The council maintains it made every effort to remain competitive in the market, but it’s no longer financially viable to continue the service.

It currently charges 229 for a standard three bin system, but because of cheaper alternatives, has lost over 1 thousand customers since the start of the year.

The City Council will advertise for expressions of interest from Thursday, and a private company is expected to take over the service from November.

The new company must continue and maintain the existing council service including pricing structure and collection days until December 2014.

None of the 30 council staff affected by the move will be made redundant.

The matter will be debated at this evening’s meeting of the city council where some councillors are expected to challenge the privatisation.

However, City Manager Brendan McGrath says there is simply no alternative to closing the service.

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Galway included on list of counties deemed to be ‘lagging’ by the European Commission

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has been included on a list of counties deemed part of a ‘lagging region’ by the European Commission.

Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan, and Mayo, have been downgraded – as they were noted to be significantly poorer relative to the European average over recent years.

The commission says the northern and western regions faced a range of challenges – including lower productivity and educational attainment, as well as having a weaker skills base.

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Domino’s Pizza creating 30 jobs across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM news – Domino’s Pizza is creating 1,000 new jobs in Ireland, including 30 in Galway.

The pizza chain has launched a recruitment drive in order to meet an expected increase in demand, during the World Cup in November.

The 30 local jobs will be across Domino’s two stores – on Prospect Hill and the Old Seamus Quirke road.

Chief Executive of the company’s Irish arm, Scott Bush, says some of the jobs will be seasonal, but there will be opportunities to progress:

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Clifden District Hospital described as vital service which takes pressure off city hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatives are to meet with HSE senior personnel at Merlin Park this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE last Friday – informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.

Senator Seán Kyne was one of the organisers of a public meeting in the Clifden Town Hall yesterday afternoon, which saw almost 600 in attendance.

Senator Kyne spoke to our reporter Máirtín Ó Catháin about the importance of the local hospital:

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