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Council not commenting on planned return of Occupy Galway

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Galway City Council says it’s not appropriate to comment on what it will do in relation to Occupy Galway’s plans to return to Eyre square this week.

Cllr. Padraig Conneely took offence at yesterday’s council meeting where he claimed he was handed a piece of paper about the event by a member sitting in the gallery.

Mayor Terry O’ Flaherty issued a warning to the alleged offender advising that if certain behaviour persisted it could lead to a person’s removal from the chamber.

There were no further issues, and the person left the chamber of his own accord after 6pm.

Director of services Ciaran Hayes told the meeting he didn’t want to compromise what the council would do in relation to the groups plans.

Occupy Galway plan to meet this Thursday in Eyre Square for music and workshops marking the same day last year when the camp was dismantled by Gardaí and the City Council.

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County Councillors vote by narrow margin against any increase to Local Property Tax

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors today decided by a one vote majority to maintain the Local Property Tax at its present rate in the County despite a strong request from management for an increase.

C.E.O., Jim Cullen, told todays meeting that the Council was seriously hampered for the want of money and he sought a 15% increase in the property tax to stabilise the situation.

CEO Jim Cullen set the scene in stark terms. At this stage it looks like spending will exceed income to the tune of €4.6m. next year. An increase of 15% in the property tax was the only realistic short-term option to stem the tide, Mr Cullen said.

The CEO stated that the increase would enable the maintenance of services and give the Council a stronger hand in looking for more money from the Government in Dublin. Galway has lagged behind similar sized Counties for years in the amount of money it gets from Central Government – €740 per person in Galway as again’st €1,257 per person in Mayo. .

Councillors such as James Charity, Joe Sheridan and Dáithí Ó Cualáin said they were not persuaded that there would be extra money from Government funds even if the Property Tax was increased.

Councillor Albert Dolan turned the tables around and proposed a 15% reduction in the Propery Tax but that was heavily defeated. Councillor Joe Beirne and Thomas Welby put a motion to the floor supporting a 15% increase and this was defeated by one vote …..17 for and 16 again’st with 5 abstentions.

The net result is no change in the property tax in Co Galway this year.

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Three people died on Galway roads in first six months of 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 3 people have died on Galway roads in the first six months of this year.

That’s according to figures from the Road Safety Authority, which show that nationally, 65 people have died on Irish roads between January and July 15th.

Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 11, followed by Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Louth which each had 5.

The research found that rural roads, with speed limits of 80km per hour or higher, are the most likely places for a fatal collision to occur.

RSA CEO Sam Waide says counties Leitrim, Clare, Offaly, Laois and Carlow had no fatalities during this time.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Public appeal over low uptake of vaccines at Ballybrit among younger age groups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a significantly reduced uptake in Covid-19 vaccinations at Ballybrit among the 18 to 30 year old age group.

That’s according to Saolta Chief Director of Nursing Paul Hooton, who says the drop-off is very significant when compared to older age coherts, most of which have an over 90 percent uptake.

But he says among 18 to 30 year olds, who are now being vaccinated, registration rates are only around 65 percent.

Overall, over 140 thousand people have been vaccinated at the Ballybrit center so far, with 2,500 people receiving a dose per day at peak operation.

Paul Hooton is urging younger people to get registered and get vaccinated.

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