Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motor tax offices in the city and in Ballinasloe are to close on Wednesday to process a backlog of applications.
It comes as new rules introduced this month mean anyone who wants to declare a vehicle off the road, must do so in advance of the period of non-usage.
Previously, if a car was off the road, the owner had to fill out a form and bring it to a garda station and get it stamped and therefore would not be liable for motor tax arrears.
The move led to long queues at both offices at the end of September and some three thousand declarations of non-use now have to be processed.
Director of Finance with Galway County Council, Ger Mullarkey says the tax arrears backlog has now been cleared but non-use declarations must now be tackled.
Emergency services rescue man from water near the Claddagh
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services have rescued a man from the water near the Claddagh in the city.
Gardaí, several units of the fire bridge and an ambulance responded to an incident at Nimmo’s Pier shortly before 4 this afternoon.
The condition of the man is not yet known.
It comes as people flock to the water at locations across the county as temperatures continue to soar.
Irish Water Safety is reminding people to ensure diligent supervision at all times, to be mindful of not being overconfident while in the water, and avoid the use of inflatables.
New office indicates fresh Dáil bid for Ballinasloe based senator
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The opening of a new office in Roscommon is being seen as an indication of a fresh Dáil bid for Ballinasloe based Fine Gael senator Aisling Dolan
Tánaiste and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar officially opened the office in Roscommon town this afternoon (Thurs Aug 11).
Political pundits say it strengthens speculation that Senator Dolan, will run again for the party in the Roscommon/Galway East constituency in the next general election
Senator Dolan ran in the 2020 election and had a good showing, securing over 6000 votes
Fine Gael currently doesn’t hold a seat in the three seat constituency, where former Fine Gael member, and now Independent TD Denis Naughten has a strong footing
Planners reject bid to increase capacity at Athenry creche
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Planners have rejected a proposal to increase capacity at a creche in Athenry town.
The plan, led by owner Marie Hannon, would have increased capacity at a premises at Northgate Street from 28 children to 44.
However, county planners have refused permission, finding there was a failure to provide for additional carparking requirements generated by the proposal.
They also noted that the loss of previously provided car-parking spaces due to the installation of an outdoor play area that did not receive planning permission.