Call for Galway’s local authorities to take action over unspent rural development funding
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 180-thousand euro in rural development funding in Galway remains unspent.
That’s according to Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy who says that nationally 3.5 million euro has not been spent.
The Fianna Fail Deputy says the government is failing to ensure the delivery of important projects while communities are crying out for investment.
He has called on the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring to liaise with local authorites and insist that if the money is not spent it must be returned to the Department for redistribution.
Deputy Murphy says communities cannot prosper without this funding.
An Bord Pleanala to reconsider appeal against refusal of 74 homes in Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an appeal against the refusal of 74 homes in Knocknacarra.
The project, led by Diagnostic Medical Imagine International Ltd, would be based at Rosario, Kingston.
The project would involve the demolition of two existing houses and the construction of 74 residential units, gym, and new vehicle entrance.
They’d be a mix of apartment blocks, terraced homes, semi-detached and detached units.
The plan was rejected by city planners in 2021 – and that decision was upheld by An Bord Pleanala later that year.
They found the applicant failed to provide evidence of consent, or demonstrate sufficent legal interest, for lands needed for the development.
But the board’s decision was later quashed by Order of the High Court – and the application will now be reconsidered.
A decision is due in September.
James Charity puts housing top of his agenda as Athenry-Oranmore District Chairperson
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor James Charity has put housing top of his agenda as Athenry-Oranmore District Chairperson
Cllr. Charity was has been unanimously voted as Cathaoirleach for the final term of the current Council before next year’s local elections
He was nominated by fellow Independents Jim Cuddy and Gabe Cronnelly
Cathaoirleach Charity is pledging to continue the Council’s work in attracting and supporting employment to the area, as well as focusing on delivery of housing to support the jobs
City businesses urged to engage with valuation office over inflated commercial rates
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City businesses are being urged to engage with the National Valuations Office, Tailte Éireann, over inflated commercial rates.
Councillor Niall McNelis says it’s recently issued additional Proposed Valuation Certs to commerical rate customers in the city.
But he says some have not engaged with the office, and have now received significantly increased proposed demands as a result.
Councillor McNelis says in one case, a retailer is paying €30 thousand – and was told the proposed rate is now €90 thousand.
Speaking to Galway Talks, he said businesses need to urgently engage to ensure the record is corrected before official rates are set next year.