Date Published: 13-Nov-2007
A controversial motion passed last month by Galway City Council to sell 1.3 acres of land in Ballybane was re-voted on at last nights city council meeting.
Last month the council agreed to sell the land in Ballybane to St Columbas Credit Union Enterprises for 71,000 euro with a 99 year lease attached.
The Council last night re-voted to sell the land OUTRIGHT to SCULL for 71,000 with one condition attached that they must only get a majority vote from the council if they wish to sell the land within 20 years.
The proposer of the new motion Councillor Mary Leahy says she believes SCULL are a charitable enterprise and will work to benefit the community in Ballybane.
She says the site is not tax-designated and not as valuable as some councillors are saying
Cllr Leahy says if the site is eventually sold on any profit made would be re-invested by SCULL in the area
However Councillor Daniel Callanan, who has had major problems with this transaction from the beginning, remains concerned that the land is not being secured in public ownership for the future
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
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.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
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.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
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.