Date Published: 12-Nov-2007
Government policy is going to force lone parents in Galway back into the workplace without consideration of the difficulties they face.
The Government is planning to make it compulsory from next year for lone parents of children over six years to become job-seekers.
It’s causing consternation among parents, most of whom are already more than willing to work according to the country’s first study on lone parents published in Salthill today.
The research reveals a lack of affordable childcare and family-friendly employers are the biggest obstacles to getting a job.
The NUIG Child and Family Research Centre and the One Parent Family Research Steering Group surveyed over 3,000 lone parents in the city and county with just 22 per cent answering the survey.
Chair of the One Parent Steering Group Elaine Harvey is calling on the Government to recognise the needs of lone parents if they are to re-join the workplace and raise a child on their own:
Head of the NUIG research team Dr Michelle Millar says rental supplements are another barrier for lone parents getting back into the workplace
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.