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GALWAY EAST TD OPPOSED TO INCLUSION OF FARM ASSETS IN GRANT MEANS TESTING

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Date Published: 08-Aug-2012

Galway East Fine Gael TD Paul Connaughton is one of a number of government TDs opposed to plans to include farmland in a new means test for student grants.

Deputy Connaughton denies the matter has caused a rift in the coalition but says he plans to higlight his "grave" concerns to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn at the next available opportunity.

He says working assets are tools that make farming possible in Galway at a time when agriculture is already struggling, due to unseasonal weather.

Currently the means test is based on parents income, interest on savings and dividends.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Deputy Connaughton says it should remain this way and the concerns of local farmers will be brought before the Education Minister.

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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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