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Council merger will see increase in workforce

Dara Bradley



Job losses as a result of the planned amalgamation of Galway City and County Council have been ruled out.

Meanwhile, the cost of fitting out a new Council chamber capable of hosting a larger authority with up to 60 city and county councillors has been described as “outrageous”.

Chief Executive of Galway County Council, Kevin Kelly, said the new Greater Galway Authority would require more staff, not less, if and when the two local authorities merge.

Mr Kelly said all vacancies in the County Council that need to be filled are being filled.

Currently the ratio of staff in the County Council is 4.2 workers per 1,000 people. Whether amalgamation occurs or not, that ratio needs to be brought to between 5.5 and 7.3 workers per 1,000 population in order to bring the Council in line with other local authorities. “That’s a significant increase in the workforce to provide a level of service to the people,” he said.

During the meeting, Cllr Karey McHugh (Ind) pointed out that when Galway County Council spent €500,000 fitting out its new Council chamber at County Hall in 2014, to accommodate additional councillors, they were told by management that it would ‘last for a generation’.

But under a merged Council, the number of seats needed would go from 39 to 57 initially, and more alterations would have to be made to the chamber, which Cllr McHugh said was “absolutely ridiculous”. They had a duty to taxpayers not to waste money like this, she said.

Cllr Jim Cuddy (Ind) questioned why the two chief executives of Galway City and County Council, Mr Kelly and his counterpart Brendan McGrath, bothered to consult with elected members about the amalgamation because they “completely ignored” their views.

Cllr Cuddy said the general public doesn’t want a merger, and never asked for one. He mentioned Cork, where elected members threatened legal action against amalgamation and something similar could happen here in Galway. He also suggested that Tánaiste Simon Coveney was responsible for the Cork City and County Council merger being abandoned.

Michael Connolly (FF) said a merger will be detrimental to people living on the periphery of the county and rural areas because all of the decisions will be made by politicians elected to represent the larger centres of population in and around the city, Oranmore, Barna and Moycullen. He reckoned it wasn’t yet a ‘done deal’, however.

Cllr Eileen Mannion (FG) said there was a need for clarity on the issue and there was far too much uncertainty with the amalgamation and the recent electoral boundary redraw.

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We urge all our readers to support your community, support your town and support each other.

The Connacht Tribune is supporting local businesses which remain open and continue to trade despite the introduction of Level 5 restrictions.

Each day, on our website and social channels, the Connacht Tribune will publish a list of local businesses who are open for business and providing a service to their customers during lockdown.

While only essential retailers are allowed to operate as normal during Level 5, all retailers are allowed to operate a “click and collect” service under the regulations.

If you want to appear on the list please contact our Advertising Department at 091 536222


Here are today’s list of businesses:


My website with downloadable catalogue is:

We are open and  Yes I can do call and collect or even deliver locally, and you can pay by contact payment (even mobile) or call and collect.

Contact  me on (095) 22786 to check stock beforehand.



Clifden, Co Galway

We well on line and our website address is

We are doing Click and Collect? Yes

We are also doing Call and Collect? Yes (095) 37206    (086) 8549355

We sell Vouchers


Yes we sell online and we are open


Yes we’re doing click & collect

Yes we’re doing call & collect

Phone: (095) 21282

Yes we sell vouchers


We sell on line and our web address is

We are doing Click and Collect

Yes we are  doing Call and Collect

Yes we sell Vouchers?

Our doors will be open to “walk in” customers in compliance with current social distancing guidelines


We are open

We sell on-line @

We offer Click & Collect

We offer Call & Collect. Call 095 21119





Facebook & Instagram @cookaliciousgalway



Clifden, Co Galway

We sell online

Website address is;-

We do Click & Collect

We do call & collect 095 21139

We sell vouchers



We are open from 9.00am – 6.00pm (Closed for lunch 1 to 2)
Contact us on 0909 688 609 or visit Ahascragh, Ballinasloe

We Deliver
We schedule deliveries on dates and times that suit our customers.

We mix paint
We expertly mix your chosen colour in any size or paint type.

We offer free quotations
We offer quotes for every job in your home.

We assemble barbecues
We take the hassle out of product assembly with our on site assembly service.

We assemble garden furniture
We take the hassle out of product assembly with our on site assembly service.

We offer colour consultancy
Our colour consultant will guide and help you choose the correct colour scheme for your home or room.

We carry out
We carry your purchases to your car.

We design bathrooms
We offer a bathroom design and advice service to suit your requirements, style and budget.

Topline Greenes, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe

0909 688 609



Beautiful You, Clifden

Vouchers available

We sell on line

We are doing Click and Collect

We are also doing Call and Collect – 087-7717563




Yes we sell online –

We also are doing

Click & collect, call & collect and offer gift vouchers.

Phone: (095) 21283



Carpets & Rugs, Furniture, Sliding Wardrobes, Beds, Wood Flooring & Vinyl

Main Street, Loughrea, County Galway

Telephone: 091 880503


Our Opening times are:

Monday-Friday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Carpets & Rugs

Whether you are looking for luxury, trendy, cosiness, or budget, we offer a truly massive range of carpets and rugs from many leading manufacturers.


Check out our full range of carefully selected beds in modern and traditional styles. Double and Single beds, and mattresses in a huge range of sizes.

Wood Flooring

We stock an extensive range of high-quality wooden flooring from well-known brands, all at competitive prices.

Seymours Loughrea provide a professional installation service for any carpet or flooring you choose.


Cló Iar-Chonnacht is a publishers and Irish-language book shop based in An Spidéal and online at

The company, which is celebrating 35 years in business this year, stocks a wide range of books in Irish for young and old as well as a selection of traditional music CDs.

Their annual sale is running from 1 – 23 December and they are offering a click and collect service as well as postal delivery for online and phone orders.

Orders can be placed online at 24/7 and there is also a phone ordering service from Monday to Friday at 091 593307.



Cluide, Corrandulla.

We are OPEN

Contact:  091 791273


Opening hours are:

7:30a.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Monday to Friday

9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Saturdays



We sell on line and you can click and collect.

Contact number is 09522630

Vouchers – yes yes – we sell vouchers.

Our email address is



Sarsfield Rd, Townparks, Ballinasloe.

Chadwicks Group operates nationwide and are the #1 Builders Merchants and Home Improvement Specialist in Ireland.

From building & plumbing materials to DIY supplies & equipment hire. We’re here to help with all your home or building projects. Let’s Get It Done.

Opening Hours:

Monday        8am – 5pm

Tuesday       8am – 5pm

Wednesday  8am – 5pm

Thursday     8am – 5pm

Friday          8am – 4pm

Saturday      9am – 1pm

Phone – 09096 42212




Your Local Co-op in Athenry

091 844086




Number: 0818 222 272



We are doing click and collect or you can order online on or phone 0858000377 Clifden, Co Galway.

Vouchers available both digital for website and for use instore.

We believe fashion should be good for the planet and good for the people who make it too. It’s why we source everything we sell from makers and suppliers who share our vision.

It’s why all the items in our range are ethically produced and include organic, vegan, sustainable and recycled options.

It’s why we try and ensure that the people who make our products are fairly paid for what they do. We also believe that being conscious of what you buy, shouldn’t mean sacrificing value, quality or style.

Which is why you’ll not only look good wearing our clothes. You’ll feel good too.



Market Street Clifden

Telephone 095 22360


Vouchers available, we are also doing click or call  and collect.



Pure Natural focuses on sourcing premium and local products and bringing them to your doorstep.

We have a unique range of natural and organic beverages, Irish cosmetics and handcrafts that are all available for home delivery.

Our Christmas Gift Boxes contain the finest of beverages and all our food products are sourced in the west of Ireland.

Please order online or contact Padraic Conroy on 086-2382616.

We deliver for FREE in Galway city or alternatively anywhere else in Ireland for €7.35.



Corrib Oil, 9 Abbey Trinity, Tuam   093 26772

Corrib Oil, 37-79 Brackernagh, Ballinasloe   090 9646054

Corrib Oil, 2 The Hill, Dublin Rd, Loughrea   091 841003

Corrib Oil, Crowe Street, Gort    091 631818

Fuel Depot

Tuam Road, Galway City 091 751311


Open for essential workers

Click and Collect Menu available.

Gift vouchers available

091 721900



As an essential service We are open during level 5 restrictions.

For appointments

We are located at the bottom of Eyre Square, opposite the AIB Bank on the corner.

Phone – 091 562932

Email –


Kiltulla, Athenry, Galway.

Duanes Hardware is located in the Heart of Kiltullagh village.

We are a family run local business operating since 1940’s.


Hardware Store

  • Building supplies • Agri & Fertiliser • DIY Supplies • Delivery service
    Grocery store
  • Filling Station • Deli (hot & Cold), 9 grams Coffee station • National Lottery • Postpoint Services


Tel: +353 91 848019  Fax: +353 91 848984



16 Eyre Square, Galway

Berwick Solicitors, Galway is a full-service firm with offices in Galway, Dublin and Clare.

Phone – 091 – 567545

Email –



Main Street, Ballinasloe

Our new online store is now Live

Courier delivery and same day click and collect available

Phone- 09096 42120



Tuam Road, Galway 091 752561



Sean Mulvoy Road, Galway

091 756766


Anthony Ryans

18 Shop St, Galway.

Phone(091) 567 061


Anthony Ryans Homestore Ltd.
7 Lombard Street. Galway.
Phone :  091 539627

Shop for Homewares, Bedlinen, Luggage and Curtains online at:



South Galway Office 0761 07 2570

National Helpline 076 107 2000



Tuam Road Retail Centre, Tuam Rd, Galway, H91 NX64

Phone(091) 764 400



Main dealers for Massey Ferguson
Whelan’s also deal with a range of manufacturers including Fendt, Honda, Husqvarna, Draper and more.

Long established business with 3 locations in Clare and South Galway. Employs over 40 staff

Loughrea Depot – 091 880050   Contact Padraig 087 6755189

Kilrush Depot – 065 9051147

Ennis Depot – 065 6822272



Newcastle Road Foodhall, Galway

We’re open for instore shopping and collection orders 24/7 and offer a delivery service from 9am – Late (2am weekdays and 4am at weekends).

Our phone number is 091-585708 and our website is

We also have an app that’s available on Google Play and the App Store.


Alison Loughnane

Farrell Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents LTD

Courtney House, George’ s St, Gort.

091 – 632688

086 – 2455925

Our doors maybe closed but we are still working please feel free to contact us anytime. In the current lockdown 5 guidelines we can carry out viewings and valuations.


MacMahon Oil

Kinvarra, Moy Road, Co. Galway, H91 XD52

091 637317 /  091 638126 / 091 561677

Supplying your Home Heating Needs for the past 25 years

– Serving Galway City & County and North Clare

– Super 6 Day Delivery

– Same Day Delivery for “Out of Oil” Customers

– Competitive Prices – Guaranteed

– Prompt Delivery Services

– Gift Vouchers Available

– Authorised EMO Distributor


Beattys Loughrea      

091 841403

Beattys Topline   

091 841403



Corrandulla, Co Galway

091 791598


Parklawn Tree Services Ltd

Church Park, Tremane, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42Y767

Professional tree surgery & Arboricultural Consultancy

Parklawn Tree Services is a professional tree surgery and arboricultural consulting company providing a wide range of services to customers and clients across Ireland. Since 1998, we have steadily expanded our business to cover a wide range of land based services; from small urban garden trees to the large rural forests.

We provide sensitive domestic tree care to large-scale commercial tree surgery contracts.

Office: 086 6077307
Enda Stephens: 086 8125165
John Nolan: 086 6077302
Garrett Murphy: 087 9059892
Lorraine Brennan: 087 9836302


Delight Café, Renmore Avenue, Galway

Delight Health Café in Galway is striving to promote good food and drinks. This is done using the most fresh and top quality ingredients, and as many local suppliers as possible! Come check us out… Fabulous-food-fast!

Tel: 091 761466


The Twelve Hotel,

Barna Village, Galway

Telephone: 091 597012

Drive Through – Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 8pm and Friday/Sat 9pm


Oranmore Lodge Hotel

We have a wide range of gift vouchers available for the festive season.

They are an ideal gift for a loved one, ranging from dining, hotel stays and leisure club vouchers.

All vouchers available to purchase online or call us on 091 794400


Meadow Court Hotel

Looking for that ideal gift for your loved one this Christmas ?

Why not purchase a meadow court hotel gift voucher

By website-

Email –

Phone- 091- 851051



The team at Topline Flynns and Flynns of Lackagh Ltd. is very proud to be serving the community in Lackagh, Co. Galway and its environs for the past 170 years. Our dedicated group of well trained, professional and long serving staff are always on hand, striving to ensure customer service, quality and value are at the forefront.

Telephone: 091 797116



2020 has really highlighted the importance of looking after our physical and mental health, and what better way to treat your loved ones or reward your employees this Christmas than with the gift of an exhilarating adventure at Wildlands. Vouchers available to suit all budgets from €20 stocking fillers to corporate bundles.

Available online at or you can buy onsite at Wildlands in Moycullen. Vouchers are valid for 5 years. For corporate enquiries email


Looking for fast, reliable Broadband Internet in Galway? Lightnet is a leading provider of broadband and landline service to homes and businesses. We can offer you options to best suit your individual needs.

Telephone 091 395804



McD’s Garden Centre Galway

Galway Irish Crystal Centre Merlin Park, Old Dublin Rd, Galway, H91 NN56

McD’s Garden Centre Loughrea

The Green, Loughrea, Co. Galway, H62 Y668

Christmas trees at McD’s! Nothing says Christmas like having your living room decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree. Here at McD’s we look to offer the best range of artificial Christmas trees in Ireland at the best possible value. We deliver across Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Connemara Gifts at Peacockes Hotel Maam Cross

Free Local Collection

Gift Wrapping Available

A family run gift shop based in the heart of Connemara, selling a wide range of carefully selected Irish giftware


Phone 091 552 306


Lydons Carpets and Flooring

Moycullen, Co. Galway.

Open for all essential trade

Phone -091 555962




Tom Dempsey Flooring

Our measurement services continues for new builds, extensions and unoccupied homes and businesses

Click and collect in operation

Contactless delivery remains fully operational

Phone- 091 795777



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Second level students are making the most of their Christmas holidays by attending the ever popular Intensive Revision Courses in Kilmartin Educational Services, Limerick Ennis and online.  These courses are designed for Junior Cert and Leaving Certificate students sitting exams next June 2021 and who want to maximize their grades. Courses will be available onsite and online this year. All courses are taught by experienced teachers, many of whom are state examiners.  Class sizes onsite are limited in line with our Covid-19 health and safety policies 

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Cherish every moment; hug and kiss your loved ones every night




Happier days…Geraldine Mullan with her husband John and their children Tomas and Amelia.

Last August, GERALDINE MULLAN (née Connaughton) endured an unfathomable nightmare, losing her husband and two children in a crash that she herself was lucky to survive. Here the Williamstown native writes of life since – and how the support of so many has helped her over the last three months.

My husband John was a fan of Bruce Springsteen. In normal circumstances he would be currently enjoying Bruce’s latest album “Letter to You” and taking particular interest in the songs, especially the one entitled “House of a Thousand Guitars” (given John’s love of that instrument).

But these are not normal days and instead it is me appraising the new offering from The Boss and taking poignant note of some of the other lyrical melodies on the album, particularly those entitled “One Minute You’re Here” and “I’ll See You in my Dreams”.

These two songs in particular speak to my situation and have become musical reminders of my beloved departed, my husband John and our children Tomas and Amelia, who were cruelly taken from this world in late August of this year.

Since the tragedy unfolded, I have been surrounded by many wonderful people and wrapped up in their familial and communal embraces, all united in offering me solace, comfort, assistance and no end of love, understanding and compassion.

I stand each day and get through it, in no small part, due to the continuous support you provide to me.

Such is the outpouring and swell of sympathy and empathy alike, and many are the calls, messages, cards, letters, flowers, gifts, acts of service and human kindness which have reached my Moville doorstep, that I am truly overwhelmed, very much humbled and ever-grateful.

I am genuinely appreciative of it all and your love and caring has taken root in my heart and in my head. That being said, I am unable to respond to everyone individually, therefore this is my “Letter to You”, my simple way of acknowledgement and sincere thanks.

You can read Geraldine’s full, heart-breaking letter in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now.

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