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City Cllrs advised not to discuss Property Tax

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal to allow Galway City Council to debate local property tax and the implications of any future proposed changes has been defeated.
The proposal from Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Crowe was supported by eight
members but voted down by 10.
The matter was part of the agenda at a special meeting in City Hall this
afternoon.
However Finance Director Edel McCormack advised members that discussing
the LPT might prejudice the current public consultation process which is
now underway and continues until August 18th.
She reminded members that they are obliged to follow the statutory process.
Ms McCormack said discussion will be facilitated at a special meeting in
September where members will be given the financial position of the local
authority, expected projections, feedback from the public consultation
process and the financial impact.
Sinn Fein Cllrs Anna Marley and Mairead Farrell and Independent Cllr
Catherine Connolly were some of those to strongly argue that the matter be
discussed.
Fianna Fail Cllr Peter Keane also stated that nothing in the legislation
prevents the council from signalling its intent.
Fine Gael Cllr Pearce Flannery argued that it was premature to discuss it
without taking account of the public submissions.
The meeting continues at City Hall.

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Health Minister urged to secure extra capacity for Portiuncula Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister is being urged to intervene at Portiuncula Hospital and ensure additional capacity is secured.

It comes as the Ballinasloe hospital experienced it’s worst ever January on record for overcrowding.

Raising the matter with Minister Stephen Donnelly, Senator Aisling Dolan said despite the best efforts of staff, the hospital is operating outside of its existing capacity.

She acknowledged that work is ongoing on a new 50 bed block – but said this will not provide any additional beds, only replacement ones.

Senator Dolan said extra capacity has to be found somewhere.

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City PR executive seeks judgement against former partner over defamation claims

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based PR executive wants the High Court to grant judgement against her former partner due to his alleged failure to defend a defamation action.

Olivia Collins claims that following her break-up with Brian Finnegan, he sought revenge by attempting to destroy her good name and reputation.

In a statement to the court, PR executive Olivia Collins, of Knocknacarra, said she got into a relationship with Brian Finnegan after they met online in 2017.

But difficulties arose in the relationship and they split up in late 2020.

She claims that Mr Finnegan took the break-up very badly and sought revenge by attempting to destroy her good name and reputation.

It’s alleged that he set up a twitter account which he used to defame her with malicious and untrue posts – as well as a fake twitter account purporting to be her.

It’s further claimed he published private and confidential information relating to her business – and hacked into family members accounts.

Ms. Collins alleges that this “vile campaign”, caused significant damage to her and her PR business, and led to potential clients not engaging with her company.

Olivia Collins brought High Court defamation proceedings against Brian Finnegan, seeking damages.

She claims he has not filed an appearance nor a defense to her claim, and is now seeking judgement against him.

Ms. Collins secured permission at the High Court this week to formally serve Mr Finnegan with her motion seeking judgement against him.

He’ll be served with legal documents at his place of work, which the court heard is with a Dell Corporation office based in Dubai, as well as his residence there.

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Mairéad Farrell claims rural businesses discriminated against by energy support scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell is claiming small rural businesses are being discriminated against by a new scheme.

The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme supports businesses with their energy bills but does not cover LPG gas or oil.

Deputy Farrell says many off-the-grid homes and businesses rely on LPG for energy access.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Mairéad Farrell says business owners should speak up on the impacts the exclusion is having.

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