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CITY HOTELS DOUBLE RATES FOR RACE WEEK

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Date Published: 12-Jun-2011

Hotels have already more than doubled their rates for next month’s Galway Races.

That’s despite government claims that holidaying here represents good value.

A standard room on Ladies Day at some of the city’s most popular hotels could cost up to €440.

The Radisson Blu, G Hotel, Park House Hotel, Hotel Meryick and the House Hotel are charging between €310 and €440.

That’s up from an average of €160 a week earlier.

A spokesperson for one of the hotels has defended the rates by saying “hotels are struggling and revenue needs to be generated on popular dates.”

However, the Consumers Association of Ireland has accused the hotels of damaging tourism here by “bleeding customers dry.”

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar only last month unveiled a one-million-euro promotion urging Irish people to holiday at home.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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