Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD is calling for a review of the rules surrounding the Rural Social Scheme.
The Rural Social Scheme is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen and women who are in receipt of social welfare payments.
They carry out work in local communities including village enhancement, environmental maintenance, social support and care-taking of local facilities.
However, Deputy Anne Rabbitte believes the rules surrounding the RSS are far too strict and are leading to cases of social exclusion.
She’s calling for the scrapping of a current rule which sets a limit of six years for those participating on the scheme.
Fianna Fail Deputy Rabbitte says it’s vital that the value of the social element of the programme is not forgotten.
Galway county councillors approve €159m budget for 2023
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway county councillors have voted to approve a €159 million budget for the running of the county next year.
However, concerns remain about the level of funding being provided by central Government, which has long been a point of contention.
There was a proposal on the table to increase commercial rates by 6 percent, as recommended by the council executive to boost revenue.
But this was opposed by most councillors and was not implemented into the approved budget.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says it’s not easy to balance the books, but they know the current economic climate is tough on everyone.
Planned increases in road tolls, including Ballinasloe booth, deferred until July
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Planned increases in road tolls are to be deferred, including the price rise at the M6 Ballinasloe toll.
The three coalition leaders have agreed to the move.
The hike in tolls was due to take effect in January, on nine of the country’s ten tolled roads.
The toll at Cappataggle was to rise by 10 cent.
However, nationally, the tolls will not rise until July.
It follows widespread criticism of the decision to hike prices during the cost of living crisis.
Plans for Lidl in Portumna rejected by county planners
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new Lidl supermarket in Portumna have been rejected by county planners.
The plans would have transformed a greenfield site at Clonfert Avenue – with access points at Clonfert Avenue and Dominic Street
A number of local submissions were lodged against the plans from local property owners and businesses.
A submission was also made by Galway Cycling Campaign, as well as an existing local supermarket.
Now, county planners have rejected the plans on two main grounds.
They deemed the proposed vehicle entrance on Dominic Street to be unsatisfactory due to insufficent sightlines.
Concerns were also raised over the potential for turning movements to interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic.
Planners also found the proposed layout of the overall development would not adequately reflect or reinforce the existing urban form of the town centre.