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COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICIALS DISMISS RATES REDUCTION

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Date Published: 29-Jun-2011

Council officials claim a one percent reduction in commercial rates would make little or no difference to individual businesses in the county.

Figures released by Galway county council reveal that a business paying rates of less than 10 thousand euro would only save an average of 38 cent a week if a 1% cut was made.

The income from commercial rates is used to part fund the annual expenditure of the local authority, and the county council is already owed 5 million euro in unpaid rates from last year.

It was agreed at this weeks meeting of the county council that they would meet with Government departments to discuss commercial rates that continue to cripple businesses.

Councillor Tom McHugh says there may be some way businesses can get a better deal on commercial rates.

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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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