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City Councillors set to discuss varying basic rate of local property tax

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – City Councillors will discuss whether to vary the local property tax for 2022 when they meet tomorrow.

Last month, Galway city council invited submissions from the public on the potential effects of varying the basic rate of LPT.

Three submissions were received.

The recommendation from the majority of the Corporate Policy Group is for no increase or decrease to the tax.

The Finance Act 2012 makes provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of LPT by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.

Members may set a local adjustment factor to raise or reduce the rate by up to 15% or can decide not to adjust the basic rate.

The matter will be discussed at a meeting tomorrow.

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Report finds Galway accounts for 3% of active greyhound owners nationwide

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A new report commissioned by Greyhound Racing Ireland shows Galway accounts for 3% of active greyhound owners nationwide.

According to the study, there are 178 registered greyhound owners in Galway and 17 trainers – 4% of the country’s total.

Cork leads the way with 890 owners, followed by 669 in Tipperary, 599 in Kerry and 540 in Limerick.

Meanwhile, Tipperary leads the way in terms of trainers with 12.5% of the country’s total.

The report, which was compiled by economist Jim Power, states that the greyhound industry contributed €132 million to the Irish economy in 2019 and supported over 4,000 jobs.

GRI CEO Gerard Dollard says Galway has a small but very strong greyhound racing community.

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Liaison personnel contacting farmers regarding plans to develop greenway between Galway and Athlone

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There are currently seven liaison personnel contacting farmers along various routes that have been identified in the plan to develop a Greenway between Galway and Athlone.

Galway County Councillors were informed in a report recently that 250 meetings have, so far, being held with landowners as part of the process.

Council CEO Jim Cullen in his report to Galway County Council members stated that 11,600 submissions had been received in the earlier part of this year in regard to the proposed Greenway from Athlone to Galway.

95% of the submissions were positive with 4 of the 5 corridors identified as possible routes receiving favourable support. However, what is known as the Railway route did not score strongly.

Contact with farmers and landowners in the earlier months was restricted because of the Covid crisis.

Communications between farmers and officials is now being pursued on the ground and the Galway County CEO said that there are pockets of opposition but that the process is proceeding reasonably well.

According to Mr Cullen’s report it appears that the idea of running the Greenway along farm boundaries is gaining some acceptance.

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LISTEN: The Ordination takes place of Moycullen Native John Gerard Acton

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The ordination has taken place in Galway cathedral of Moycullen Native John Gerard Acton.

John Gerard was ordained by Bishop Diocese of Galway Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Brendan Kelly this afternoon.

He is the son of Séamus and Maureen Acton and is the youngest of four siblings and had studied business and communications at GMIT and worked in retail and hospitality for several years before beginning his six years of priestly formation at St. Patricks College in Maynooth.

Significantly, John Gerard is also the last current student for the Galway Diocese. At this moment there are no others studying for the priesthood in the Galway Diocese.

Speaking in his homily, Bishop Kelly said that today was a good day for the church and for the diocese.

Following the homily the ceremony of ordination and the laying of hands and this prayer over John Gerard by Bishop Kelly

John Gerard then joined his parents to gave him his vestments, his first as a priest and his first role was to assist with the mass…

The final word went to the Parish Priest of Galway, Fr Peter Rabbitte who welcomed John Gerard to the priesthood.

Fr Acton will celebrate his first mass tomorrow evening in Galway Cathedral.

You can hear more from John Gerard Acton on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on Tuesday.

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