Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors have been briefed on a new levy that is to be applied to some derelict sites from next year onwards.
During a discussion County Hall last evening, Councillor Jim Cuddy said that people who bought houses in certain estates found that other homes in the estate were turned into social units – which devalued the private residences.
Athenry Oranmore area Cllr Cuddy says private home owners can have their properties devalued overnight in this situation/.
County’s 2021 draft budget of €136m to be debated by councillors today
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county’s draft budget for 2021 is set to be debated by councillors later today when they meet in Corrandulla Hall.
The budget of over €136 million represents an increase of €8 million on the figure for 2020.
The draft has been prepared with no rates increase due to members’ views not to increase the charge and also given the impact of the pandemic on business.
The roads grant funding in 2021 is expected to be over €4 million greater than that budgeted for in 2020.
Over 40 percent of revenue Income will come from State grants at over €55 million, while Local Property Tax and Pension Related Deduction is estimated to bring in over €14 million.
With reference to the recent allocation of €1 million funding for municipal districts, the report states the distribution of the funding will be considered in the first instance by the corporate policy group before being considered by MDs.
Interim Chief Executive Kevin Kelly concludes by stating that 2021 will undoubtedly bring challenges and change for Galway county council but he is confident key services can be provided to meet the critical needs of the people of Galway.
The budget draft will be debated in full at the statutory meeting in Corrandulla Hall at 11am.
3 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, 335 new cases, 8 in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,036 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 25th November, the HPSC has been notified of 335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,494* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 162 are men / 171 are women
- 64% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 119 in Dublin, 29 in Kilkenny, 23 in Limerick, 20 in Donegal, 19 in Tipperary, 19 in Cork, with the remaining 106 spread across 19 other counties.
As of 2pm today 246 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 28 confirmed cases. The figure of 71,494 confirmed cases reflects this.
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Galway TD introduces Dáil bill to strengthen lobbying rules
Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell has introduced a bill in the Dáil to strengthen regulation against lobbying.
Introducing the bill, Deputy Farrell said poor public standards lead to poor democratic systems – and that events in recent months prove the need for increased regulation.
Reviews on lobbying regulations were carried out in 2016 and 2019, and recommendations were made by the Standards in Public Office Commision.
However, Deputy Farrell contended the Government has ignored these recommendations and has no interest in implementing them.
However, Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath, said he needed time as a new Minister to have a fresh look at the recommendations from 2016 and 2019.
He tabled an amendment which was accepted in the Dáil last evening, which means a waiting time of 9 months before the bill can be read a second time.
Deputy Farrell has expressed disappointment at the development and says it’s shaping up to be another can-kicking exercise by the Government – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5