Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway-Roscommon Education and Training Board is expected to spend nearly two million euro on rent in the coming years for a building it does not use.
GRETB has a lease on a property in the city that will not expire until 2027, but the organisation has not used the building in over a decade.
The Hynes Building on St Augustine Street was the former headquarters of the Co Galway VEC until 2004.
According to the Irish Examiner, the current lease started in 1992 and does not contain any break clauses, but the training board is recouping over 25 thousand euro a year by sub-letting part of the building.
GRETB is paying an annual rent of over 88 thousand euro on the property, meaning it will spend over €1.9m in rent from the time it stopped using the building until the lease expires.
Local councillor elected to Fianna Fail National Executive
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn has been elected to the Fianna Fail National Executive.
The Athenry-Oranmore councillor was elected to the 15 person committee at the party Ard Fheis over the weekend.
The National Executive,or Ard Chomhairle, is the oversight committee of the party.
Councillor Herterich Quinn outlines her priorities for her multi-year term.
Concern over number of vacant consultant psychiatrist posts across West
GBFM Newsroom – Concerns are being raised over the number of vacant consultant psychiatrist posts across the Western region.
The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor John Connolly.
It was admitted by officials that there are ongoing difficulties in the recruitment of consultant psychiatrists – with many posts are proving very difficult to fill.
An assurance was given that a new focus group is looking at how certain regions are being marketed as a place to work and live.
Councillor Connolly is hopeful that will lead to results.
O’Donnellan & Joyce celebrate 40 years in business
When O’Donnellan & Joyce started in 1982, little did they know that one day they would be celebrating 40 years in business. Celebrating the big 4-0 in September meant this has been a landmark year for the company.
In the beginning back in 1982 they worked mostly in lettings and private treaty sales. Their auctions began in 1984 on the Aran Islands with the sale of land and a pub.
Colm commented: “It is definitely one of my highlights over the past 40 years, everyone needs to start somewhere and it was a fabulous start.” The auction was held outside in the summer and is a far cry from the auctions held today.
These days O’Donnellan & Joyce ‘Wild Atlantic’ property auctions which take place in Galway’s Harbour Hotel, are renowned throughout Ireland, with properties for sale from Galway up to Donegal and all along the western seaboard right down as far as Kerry and over in Dublin.
Modern technology now means their auctions can reach a global audience with their live stream online bidding platform attracting international bidders as well as national and local bidders who can now bid and view the auction from the comfort of their own homes leading to a dramatic expansion of audiences across the world in recent years.
Combining modern technology with nationally renowned auctioneer Colm O’Donnellan taking bids on the day, brings tremendous excitement to the live auction room.
Not only do O’Donnellan & Joyce have their successful auction department, they also have a substantial new homes division, their private treaty department which sells on average over 350 homes a year, rentals division and their rapidly growing commercial & valuations department.
Like most businesses, it is the people who make the business. O’Donnellan & Joyce has 16 full time staff with many of them there for over 20 years.