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Call to reform paid parking system in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal to review the paid parking system in Ballinasloe is to be sent forward to the Roads and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee.
The matter was the subject of much debate at this week’s meeting of the Municipal District where Fine Gael Cllr Michael Finnerty was advised that the issue must be dealt with at County Council level before any bye-laws can be introduced.
Cllr Finnerty argued that the centre of the town in dying and that paid parking has not been good for business.
He said the current system which sees those parking without a ticket receiving a fine is over-zealous, and suggested that allowing a period of time free of charge would be beneficial.
Sinn Fein Cllr Dermot Connolly said while the suggestion has merits, it would be difficult to police.
He also suggested some form of concession for funeral or novena-goers.
Fine Gael Cllr Donal Burke said the free parking system currently in operation in Roscommon town works well and suggested the possibility of introducing free parking in Ballinasloe on a Saturday.
Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly said it was a complex issue as many parking spaces are not adjacent to business.
Senior Engineer Evan Molloy referred to a study which showed that there was a greater turnover of vehicles where charges were in operation, bringing more customers into towns.
Members were also advised that there are 165 free spaces in the town centre and that charges on the three streets concerned were retained at a minimal level, with 15 minute free parking allowance in five loading bays after 11.30am.
The matter has now been forwarded to the Roads and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee for consideration.

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Excel Recruitment announce jobs boost for Galway office and region

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – Excel Recruitment has announced 10 jobs for its Galway city office, while it’s also recruiting for 120 other opportunities in the region.

The company is adding 100 office jobs across its five locations nationwide.

While in the wider Galway region, Excel is recruiting staff for temporary and permanent positions on behalf of other employers.

Founder and chief executive, Barry Whelan, explains the company’s plans:

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Galway public share concerns on knife crime

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public have been sharing their concerns about knife crime in Galway City.

It’s as figures show there were almost 400 incidents recorded by Gardaí in Galway since 2016.

Nationally, there’s been an increase of around 60 percent in knife crime during that time.

David Nevin spokes to members of the public to ask if they were concerned about the figures.

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Plans lodged for significant windfarm near Maam Cross

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a significant new windfarm near Maam Cross.

The Tullaghmore Wind Farm project would be based on lands 6km east of Maam Cross and 9km west of Oughterard.

Led by EMPower, the project would be six turbine, with an overall height of 185 metres.

It’s estimated the windfarm would generate enough electricity to power almost 22 thousand Irish homes.

County planners are due to make a decision in March.

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