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An ideal starter home for first- time buyers in Rinville



No 8 The Courtyard, Maree Road, Oranmore.

An ideal home for first-time buyers at the upcoming O’Donnellan & Joyce all-day auction is in Rinville village in Oranmore.

No 8 The Courtyard is part of a development of terraced, detached and semi-detached ‘villa style’ houses built beside Galway Bay Golf Resort and Rinville Woods.

The setting of this wonder development is rare in the sense that the golf course, Galway Bay Sailing Club and the forest are all surrounding the properties.

It is within a five minute drive of Oranmore, which offers wonderful amenities such as restaurants, sports facilities, cinema, primary and secondary schools and much more. Located close to the entrance to the Rinville village is the large amenity park.

The house is a very attractive and unique cottage-style property with Bradstone block finish on the exterior walls and red brick around the windows and door, which has a weather protecting canopy overhead. One huge advantage of this exterior is that it is practically maintenance free.

This particular property is presented in immaculate condition having been recently redecorated. It comprises a good sized entrance hall with wooden floor and guest toilet and wash hand basin.

Double doors open into a lovely open plan kitchen/living/dining area. Wooden floors extend throughout this space. The kitchen is nicely fitted with floor and wall units with worktops and part tiled walls.

A large patio door opens out from the dining room area to the superb rear garden which borders the woodland behind. The living area has a gas fire and windows to the front and to the rear.

On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, one en suite and the main bathroom.

The heating is electric storage heating with the added comfort of an open fireplace in the main reception area. Over all this is a comfortable home in an excellent location.

The Advised Minimum Value is €120,000. There are open viewings on Saturday and Thursday from 11am to 12pm. The auction takes place in the Harbour Hotel, Galway on Friday, June 27 at 3pm. For further information contact O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers on 091 564212.

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Six schools perform with distinction during EU Model Council Debate on the EU’s Renewable Energy Transition



Model Council Debate in City Hall

By Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Dublin

The results are in from the 2023 Model Council of the European Union debating competition. Six teams rose above 21 other secondary schools across Ireland for their convincing portrayal of the positions taken by EU Ministers for Energy while discussing how to accelerate the EU’s Renewable Energy Transition.

The debate mirrors the format of a real meeting of the Council of the European Union (also known as the Council of Ministers) so students can explore how the EU decision-making process works. The Model Council has been organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland every year since 2007. The 2023 event was held in City Hall in Dublin.

Scoil Muire agus Pádraig from Mayo won first place for their representation of Poland during the debate. Second place went to Christ King Secondary School from Cork, and third place to Deansrath Community College from Dublin. Those schools role-played Slovakia and Hungary respectively.

Honourable mentions were given to the following schools: Ardscoil Rís in Dublin as Croatia: Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk in Kerry as Czechia and Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny as Belgium.

The event opened with an address by Maria Walsh, MEP representing Ireland Midlands-North-West constituency, who emphasised the significance of the 50th anniversary since Ireland joined the EEC. The debate itself discussed ways to increase the share of renewable energy within the EU, a challenge that has been brought into sharp focus since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

The energy sector is responsible for over 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, increasing the share of renewable energy is a key building block in reaching the EU’s energy and climate objectives under the European Green Deal. This aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels), and for Europe to become a climate neutral continent by 2050.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked an energy crisis in Europe. In response, the Commission published the REPowerEU plan that aims to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels well before 2030 by accelerating the clean energy transition. REPowerEU is based on three pillars: saving energy, producing clean energy and diversifying the EU’s energy supplies. The Commission proposes to increase the EU renewable energy target to 45% by 2030 – all this was discussed in the Model Council Debate.

Significant challenges remain but a collective effort is underway, across the EU, to reach ambitious renewable energy targets. Earlier this month, the European Commission proposed to reform the EU’s electricity market to accelerate a surge in renewables and phase-out gas, to protect consumers from price spikes related to fossil fuels, and to make the EU’s industry clean and more competitive. These proposals will be discussed by the real EU Ministers for Energy next month.


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More than 200 complaints from county over financial and pensions issues



There were over 200 complaints from Galway to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman over the course of 2022, according to the annual report published last week.

The Ombudsman, Liam Sloyan, received 207 complaints from Galway residents during 2022, as his office delivered outcomes worth over €5 million to consumers in 2022.

“In addition to the financial outcomes totalling over €5 million for individual complainants, the Office played its full part in enhancing the financial services and pensions environment, including in relation to the exit of two major banking providers,” he said.

“The departure of two major financial service providers from the Irish market posed the potential for a high volume of complaints to be made to this Office.

“It is notable that by the end of 2022, the FSPO had received less than 100 complaints identified as relating to market exit. The FSPO collaboratively engaged with stakeholders, including the providers leaving the market, sharing information and making every effort to progress these complaints as quickly as possible, within our resources. It is very positive that, to date, for the vast majority of impacted consumers, the departure of two major banks has not given rise to issues leading to a complaint being made to this Office,” he added.

In all, 4,781 complaints were received in 2022, a slight increase of 123 complaints received in 2021; 4,647 complaints were closed in 2022.

The report revealed that 28% of complaints concerned an issue of customer service; 80% were made by complainants in the Republic of Ireland, with one in five complaints reflecting the cross-border nature of financial services markets.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway student achieves Best in World ranking in accountancy exams



Lucy O’Donoghue receiving an award marking her top ACCA result in Ireland from Ronnie Patton (left) Deputy President of ACCA Global, and Mick Bristow, Lecturer with

A Galway City student is celebrating success in her ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) exams where she achieved first in Ireland and 19th place in the world in her Financial Management exam. student Lucy O’Donoghue had completed a Masters in International Management from University of Galway and joined the graduate programme at the Central Bank.

And with her interest in the areas of business, finance and strategic management, she said the next logical step was to look at studying for ACCA qualifications with

“When I was starting out on my ACCA journey, it was a bit daunting – twelve exams felt like a mammoth task and at times the road felt never-ending,” she said.

“So, I think the best advice I would give to someone in a similar situation would be not to get bogged down by how far you have to go – take it exam-by-exam and keep chipping away at it. Eventually it will all come together!” – based on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin – is a Platinum Approved Learning Partner of the ACCA, the globally recognised accountancy qualification.

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