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CITY BUSINESS CHIEFS DIFFERENT VIEWS ON NORTHERN SHOPPERS

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Date Published: 29-Dec-2012

TWO chiefs of business organisations in Galway city have expressed different views on North of Ireland people coming to Galway to shop during the festive season.

More Ulster people are thought to have come South to do seasonal shopping this year, due to the troubles regarding flying the Union flag, with demonstrations disrupting trade in many Northern towns.

In an interview with Galway Bay Fm Anthony Ryan, President of the Galway City Business Association, said some shoppers were coming to Galway because of the demonstrations in Northen towns.

But in this week’s "City Tribune" Michael Coyle, CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce, said the boost to trade in Dublin, due to the Northern troubles, did not trickle down to Galway city or county.

While both men had similar views regarding Dublin and border towns benefiting most from additional shoppers, due to the Northern demonstrations, Anthony Ryan said Galway, to a lesser extent, also benefited.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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