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COUNTY COUNCILLORS SLAM PLANS TO CUT BUDGET

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 20-Jul-2012

Galway County Councillors say plans to cut up to 3 million euro from the local authority budget will have a huge impact on already streched resources.

The contentious issue is being debated at a meeting of the County Council that’s currently underway in County Buildings on Prospect Hill.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan issued a circular on suggested cuts to ALL local authorities yesterday, the last Dail sitting prior to summer recess.

It’s feared Galway County Council will have to deal with cuts of up to 3 million euro to its local government fund of 28 million.

Meanwhile, Galway City Council is facing a cut of almost 500 thousand euro to its 2012 local Government fund of 5 point 99 million.

Speaking to GBFM news at this afternoons meeting- Councillor Mary Hoade said the cuts will have serious repercussions for the county.

County Manager Martina Maloney says the cut to the fund is related to the level of compliance to the household charge received to date which is 56%.

Speaking at the meeting she said that the cuts won’t affect contracts that have been signed but could probably affect contracts in the pipeline.

The local Government fund is financed by Motor Tax, the Household Charge and NPPR, and funds services such as roads, and street cleaning.

Councillor Sean Canney says the cuts puts the Council in a difficult position

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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