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Government may increase property tax for vacant homes in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government is considering raising property tax on vacant properties in rent pressure zones such as Galway city.
The proceeds would be used to cut income tax and build more homes.
According to today’s Irish Times, property tax could be be almost doubled for property owners in areas where there is a high demand for housing.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already said that he plans to cut income tax, even if it means raising other taxes.
The prospect of increasing property tax on vacant homes will be examined by Finance Minister, Michael Noonan and Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy.
Under new legislation, rents in rent pressure zones are only permitted to rise by 4 per cent annually.
Parts of Galway city, Cork city and its some of its suburbs, commuter counties around Dublin and all of Dublin itself have been classified as rent pressure zones.

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Local councillor calls for immediate action on ‘pungent odours’ in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- A local councillor has called on Irish Water to take immediate action on ‘pungent odours’ that are occurring in Gort.

Fine Gael Councillor Joe Byrne has described the smells, which he says are most noticeable in the Church St. and Square Areas, as “sickening” and “unbearable”.

According to Councillor Byrne, Irish Water has said the smell is emanating from a nearby pumping station on Tubber Road.

He feels that Irish Water must take responsibility for the issue

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Galway TD calls for online portal for cyclists to upload footage of dangerous driving incidents

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD is calling for an online portal for cyclists to upload footage of dangerous driving incidents.

A similar system was introduced by UK police in 2018, which has so far saved officers there more than 68,000 hours of work.

Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon, says a streamlined online system would allow Gardai to review and investigate road incidents more quickly.

Deputy Cannon, explains it’s urgently needed:

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50 new jobs with opening of new global tech HQ in Ballybrit

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- 50 jobs are being created with the opening of Channel Mechanics Technologies global headquarters in Ballybrit.

The office is being officially opened later this morning by Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton and Enterprise Ireland’s Kevin Sherry.

The Galway company was founded 10 years ago, and has moved offices from Oranmore to Ballybrit this year to keep up with its expanding team.

They are recruiting for positions across Customer Success, Sales, Research and Development, and Software Development.

Kenneth Fox is CEO:

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