There are just over 1600 vacant commercial premises in Galway city and county which represents a 13 per cent vacancy rate.
This is just above the national average vacancy rate of 11 per cent according to the first GeoView Quarterly Commercial Premises Vacancy Rates Report.
These figures are published in the week that city officials admitted they are becoming increasingly concerned about the fall in income from commercial rates and water.
Cllr Padraig Conneely said this problem needs to be looked at nationally as rates are critical to financing a city.
At this week’s council meeting he cited the example of one city business which owes 900 thousand euro in rates to the city council.
Over 150 thousand euro worth of drugs have been discovered at cannabis grow house in Aughrim.
Over 150 thousand euro worth of drugs have been discovered at cannabis grow house in County Galway.
Gardaí discovered the grow house during the planned search of a home in Aughrim yesterday evening.
They seized cannabis plants witih an estimated street value of 146 thousand euro, and cannabis herb worth 20 thousand.
Two men, both in their 30s, were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Galway Garda Station.
A separate search was also carried out in Ballinasloe yesterday afternoon, during which 35 thousand euro worth of cannabis herb, cannabis jellies, and 7 and half thousand euro in cash were seized.
A man in his 40s was arrested and has since been released without charge.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The searches were conducted as part of Operation Tara, the gardaí’s national strategy to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks.
City planners waiting on further information before decision on planned Wetherspoons
City planners are still waiting for further information before a decision can be made on a planned Wetherspoons in the city centre.
The project would see the British pub chain convert the former Carbon Nightclub at Eglinton Street.
Galway’s first Wetherspoons would be a two-storey bar and restaurant with a rooftop terrace, that would be known as ‘The Three Red Sails’.
The latest the bar would be open would be 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, with an 11pm closing time on Sunday, and 11.30pm Monday to Thursday.
Wetherspoons says it’ll be students from the University of Galway that will primarily provide a market for the multi-million euro development.
Planning permission was sought in July – but city planners are waiting for more information from the developer before any decision can be made.
Clarification is needed on a number of issues, including noise impact and dampening efforts, the floor area of the plans, and planned alterations to a rear boundary wall overlooking an adjoined estate.
Wetherspoons purchased the former Carbon Nightclub premises in 2019 – but development plans were delayed due to COVID-19.
International House Galway gone into liquidation with close to 200 international students affected
It has been confirmed that International House Galway has closed its doors and gone into liquidation raising concerns for international students based in the City.
International House Galway is part of International House which offers courses in English and teaching English as a foreign language as well as mini-stay and summer programmes.
It is understood that as many as 200 students could be affected by this closure.
A letter released to partners from International House Galway and obtained by Galway Bay FM News announced the Liquidation and said that it has not been possible to generate enough sales income to cover the debts accrued as a result of the negative impact of Covid and to service the ongoing costs of the business.
The letter concluded by saying the directors are in the process of appointing liquidators and a meeting of creditors will then be called.
The Irish Council for International Students said it is “deeply concerned” about the “sudden closure” of IHG.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News CEO of Galway Cultural Institute David Niland explained that international students who have enrolled in International House Galway will be protected by protection of enrolled learners meaning they will be able to continue their studies elsewhere.
Laura Harmon, Executive Director of The Irish Council for International Students said while it is encouraging that students will be the opportunity to finish their studies in other schools, they are continuing to monitor the situation.