Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Executive of the City Council has defended the introduction of parking charges on Sundays – saying it’s unlikely to affect businesses in the city.
Brendan McGrath says the revenue generated by the move will fund improved services in the city, in areas including sports, recreation, and culture.
Motorists, who have enjoyed free parking on-street and in car parks on Sundays up until now, will have to pay for parking between 1p.m and 6p.m from this Sunday.
Mr. McGrath says the introduction of paid parking on Sundays in Dublin proved to have no real effect on businesses or business activity.
However, he says it’s a pilot programme in Galway at present and could still be changed or reversed by Councillors when they meet for the September sitting of the local authority.
12% drop in unemployment across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a drop of 12% in the number of people unemployed in Galway.
While nationally there was a decline of just one percent, according to CSO figures.
Last month, there were 15,752 people on the Live Register across Galway city and county.
While this month, CSO figures show there are almost 2,000 less on it, at 13,836.
Nationally, there were 184,100 people on the Live Register at the end of September – a drop of 1 per cent on the previous month.
Nearly a quarter of those were in the 35 – 44 age group – while counties Clare and Kerry saw the greatest increases.
There were over 13,500 people benefiting from the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive included in the figures – up 1,654 from August.
Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.
The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.
There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.
The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.
Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.
Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.
While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.