Date Published: 17-Jun-2008
The long awaited changes to the Galway city and county council boundaries have been decided by the electoral area boundary committees
In the city there will be changes to all three wards in terms of numbers of seats and minor changes to the geographical areas covered, and they will all get a change of name
In the county there are no seat number changes, the Connemara area remains completely the same but there are significent area transfers in Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Oranmore and Tuam
In the county the changes mean a large number of townlands are being transferred to a different electoral area in order to re-balance the population representation per member, and to make alignments with the Dail constituency boundaries
This in turn means that for next summer’s local elections the people in the townlands affected will be in a different electoral area and be voting for candidates not familiar to them in the main
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.