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Chamber of commerce calls for city council to be pro business

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway chamber of commerce has contacted all city councillors with a document outlining concerns regarding commercial rates.

The chamber is calling on the local authority to be ‘pro-business’ when it comes to the city council budget for 2014 which will be debated next week.

Over the past few years, the commercial rate for businesses in the city has remained static.

Businesses are hoping the rate will not increase in the coming year as many are already struggling to pay the current amount.

PRO of the Galway Chamber, Maeve Joyce says companies are seeking assurances about the upcoming year.

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Aran Islands RNLI opens new shop on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The RNLI has opened a new shop on Inis Mór to raise vital lifesaving funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

The new shop is located inside Aran Islands RNLI’s lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, and was launched last Tuesday.

Volunteers plan to have it open seven days a week during the tourist season, with opening times coinciding with the ferry arrival and departure times.

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New Research and Development centre launched in Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Thermo King has launched a new research and development centre in Galway.

It has capacity for up to 70 engineers and is part of a 100 million dollar investment by the company.

Thermo King by Trane Technologies is committing to providiing all-electric solutions across the cold chain in Europe by 2023.

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Move to downgrade Galway County Council role in veterinary duties

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A move toward downgrading the County Councils’ role in veterinary duties was described by County Councillors yesterday as another step towards the centralisation of services.

This week’s council meeting was told that the principal role in veterinary and food inspections would be the remit of the Department of Agriculture and Food, in the future.

It was a day of disquiet as Councillors complained strongly about what was termed a lack of access to Council officials, and to services, that had been available in the past. Council CEO, Jim Cullen defended the role of the Council personnel and pointed out that they are short-staffed.

Councillors expressed further frustration at the news that the Council is likely to lose its role in veterinary services in the County and City. The local Councils heretofore had responsibility in areas such as animal welfare and health standards.

Councillors Donagh Killilea and Declan Geraghty stated that the Council was well able to do this job and Councillors Jim Cuddy and Jimmy McClearn warned that the proposed change was another step in robbing local authorities of their role and status.

Mary Hoade and Thomas Welby advised Councillors to make submissions to a Maynooth University study on the work of County Councillors.

A process known as the Moorehead report shows Councillors worked 17 to 18 hours per week, at most, a statistic refuted by Galway Councillors.

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