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County Council reports net deficit for 2013 budget

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is running at a net deficit of over 120 thousand euro with 70 percent of the 2013 budget spent so far.

Head of Finance Gerard Mullarkey presented the financial report for the period ending September 30th at this week’s meeting of the local authority.

The adopted budget for 2013 is 126 million with 69% or just under 88 million euro spent to date.

The biggest expenditure arises from road transport and safety which accounts for 21 and a half million of the spend so far.

There’s still 10 million remaining of the adopted roads budget for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile 17 million of the 23 million budget for water services, and 10 million of the 14 million allocation for environmental services has been spent.

In terms of income, 75 percent of 17 million of the anticipated 23 million for commercial rates has been collected.

A meeting to adopt the 2014 budget for the county will take place next month.

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Groups and individuals across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon take part in the Galway Simon Sleep Out

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Groups and individuals across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have been taking part in the Galway Simon Sleep Out to raise awareness and vital funds for Galway Simons homelessness prevention services.

In 2021 A staggering 1,511 people, which included 563 children were supported by Galway Simon’s Services and the organisation is are themselves for the winter ahead and an even greater demand for their services.

In Galway there were organised Sleep Outs on Shop Street, Salthill, Oranmore, Loughrea and at galway United’s home ground of Eamon Deacy Park while many others took part by sleeping out in their own gardens with friends and family.

Ronan Lardner was with the Sleepout in shop Street and he spoke to Galway Simon CEO Karen Golden as the Sleepout was about to begin.

Ronan Lardner then spoke to Karen once the Sleep Out had finished and she started by saying that it was an incredible night.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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