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FREIGHT COSTS TO ARAN ISLANDS TO BE REDUCED BY 30 PERCENT

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Date Published: 07-Jan-2008

The cost of transporting freight to the Aran Islands is to be reduced by 30 percent.

Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht affairs Eammon O Cuiv has signed a new contract worth over 4 and a half million euro with ferry company Lasta Mara Teo agreeing the reduced rates.

In effect these new rates will mean goods that would have cost 100 euro in freight 4 years ago will now cost only 35 euro this year.

Lasta Mara Teo currently ferries goods from Galway Docks to the Aran Island but it will transfer it’s operations to Ros a Mhil harbour in January 2009.

Minister O Cuiv says the knock-on effect of this new agreement, should be a reduction in the cost of goods and services in the Aran Islands

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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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