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Black economy poses ‘serious threat’

Enda Cunningham



The black economy is posing a serious threat to jobs and businesses in Galway, as increasing numbers of people opt for ‘cheap’ products and services, the Chamber of Commerce has warned.

And a conference on the black market held in the city yesterday heard legit businesses here are finding it “next to impossible” to compete with illegal operators.

In the midst of a Revenue crackdown in the city on tax-dodging traders, tradespeople, retailers and landlords, the Chamber said that “there is always a loser somewhere”.

Chief Executive Michael Coyle said there is a lot of anecdotal evidence on a local and national scale of black marketeers ‘cashing in’ on the economic downturn.

“In terms of black market activity, we hear about services such as painting and decorating, builders, electrical work and so on, moreso than a specific commodity, such as cigarettes, where phenomenal numbers are being seized at ports. The numbers there are truly mind-boggling.

“There are huge risks associated with the black market, not least for the people using service. If somebody is up a ladder carrying out work on your house, and they’re not properly insured and have an accident, that will have serious implications for you.

“The job may be cheaper, but the risks are high, the quality of work may not be there, there’ll be no certification which will have an impact in terms of home insurance. The cheap job might be the dearest in the end.

“Legitimate businesses employ people, apprentices and so on. If the job is being done ‘under the counter’, it’s not a level playing field, and jobs are at risk,” said Mr Coyle.

He said there are massive Revenue implications from the black market trade.

Meanwhile, a panel discussion on the black market held in Galway yesterday by accountancy firm Grant Thornton heard the black market in Ireland costs the economy €1.5 billion each year.

Brendan Foster of Grant Thornton said: “Illicit trade is costing the Exchequer hundreds of millions of euro at a time when every cent of tax revenue is vital to the recovery of the country.

“We work closely with local businesses in Galway, some of whom are finding it next to impossible to compete against fraudulent goods being sold by organised crime gangs in the Western region.   These illegal actions must be stamped out to avoid further business closures and job losses,” said Mr Foster.

Galway West Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne told the conference that a report is to be published on black market trading in the coming weeks.


For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones




These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.


All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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