Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
Galway City Council managed to ‘stay out of the red’ last year despite a major difficulty in collecting revenue – the books were balanced mainly by cutting payroll costs and reducing expenditure in services.
However, the financial downturn continues to bite deeply into the City Council’s budget with a ‘significant write-off’ of rates (€4.6m) as businesses continue to ‘go bust’, according to the City Council’s Annual Financial Statement for 2010. There are also additional rates arrears of €14.5m.
The recession has also hit hard at one of the big earners in the good times – the city’s network of pay and display carparks – with a major drop in the number of cars entering the city centre. With total expenditure of €84.8m, as well as a transfer of €4.8m into reserves, the City Council still recorded a net surplus of over €458,000 for 2010.
“The 2010 results reflect the successful efforts to reduce expenditure further while endeavouring to maintain essential services at acceptable levels and ensure compliance in an increased regulatory environment,” the City Council’s Financial Review states.
The financial downturn is also hitting the income levels of the Council’s two main leisure outlets – Leisureland and the Town Hall Theatre – while income from planning fees and fire safety certificates was also well down.
Despite having written off €4.6m in rates payments for 2010, there is a further €14.5m in rates to be collected in arrears – the total amount of rates collected last year was €25.5m.
The next biggest arrears heading is in commercial water charges totalling €3.16m, with €1.85m owed in rents and annuities as well as €1.2m still due in domestic refuse charges. There is a €430,000 deficit in housing loans.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.