Date Published: 09-Jan-2013
The rate of unemployment across Galway appears to be stabilising.
The number of people on the live register across the city and county dropped slightly at the end of 2012 compared to 2011.
At the end of 2012, 22 thousand and 81 people were registered unemployed in Galway – that’s a drop of 504 on the year previous.
However, it’s an increase of 552 compared to November 2012 – the highest increase is recorded in the city with an extra 319 extra people signing on last month.
The city’s number of unemployed now stands at 11,096 that’s a drop of 513 compared to the end of 2011.
In Ballinasloe, the number of people getting dole payments is 2,545 that’s an extra 19 people compared to the end of 2011.
In Clifden, where there was a drop of 50 people on the live register last month compared to the same time the year previous.
There is now 1,291 people registered unemployed in Clifden.
In Gort, the number of unemployed is 1,457 that’s up 16 on the figure at the end of 2011.
To Loughrea, and the number of unemployed increased slightly at 41 people compared to the end of 2011 – there is now 2,396 people getting dole payments in the region.
And finally to Tuam, there was a drop of 17 on the live register number compared to 2011, the number unemployed is now 3,296.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.