A call has gone out for a full review as to how roads funding is allocated to different parts of the county should be carried out.
The problem has been exacerbated since the county split into five municipal council areas in a reconstitution of local government after the last election.
That has seen the Athenry-Oranmore area get the smallest funding allocation – because it has the least amount of regional roads compared to the other areas.
Athenry-Oranmore receives less than ten per cent of the total roads allocation, but local councillors argue that their roads are busier than in any of the other five areas.
Recently there was uproar when it was suggested that €40,000 be taken from Tuam’s roads budget and similar amounts from the Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Connemara areas to bolster road funding in the Athenry-Oranmore area.
It came up for discussion at the recent Tuam Municipal Council and members spoke against such a move as they did not want to relinquish any of their own funding.
However, Tuam area councillor Shaun Cunniffe said that he was now open to the idea of a review of the mechanism by which funding is allocated to the different – this could result in a reduced allocation for his own municipal district.
At the moment the allocation is based on kilometre of roads in each of the five districts which is why the Athenry-Oranmore area fares out so poorly.
But Cllr Cunniffe said that he was open to a complete review of this process – this is a view that will anger many of his colleagues on the Tuam Municipal Council.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Spenders don’t know how credit cards work
Over half of Irish consumers own a credit card – but two-thirds of them don’t know what interest rate they pay, and over half of the population now believes that we’re more dependent on credit cards due to the COVID pandemic.
Those are among the findings in a new national survey carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) into the spending habits of credit card users.
The results also show that there has been no improvement in consumer awareness of interest rates or spending habits when compared to previous ILCU surveys conducted in 2020 and 2019.
Because when asked about their awareness of the interest rate they paid on their credit card balance, 65% of respondents said that they did not know what interest rate they paid – an increase of 7% on the 2020 survey results.
Of those who responded that they are familiar with the credit card interest rate they pay, 26% think they pay between 11% and 17%, while 38% think they pay 18% to 24%.
One-fifth of these respondents believe they pay less than 5% in interest with over half believing they are paying less than 10%.
Overall, the survey highlighted a significant lack of understanding on how interest is applied with 36% of respondents incorrectly stating that they “don’t pay any interest” if they cover the minimum balance due at the end of each month.
App developer brings pampering back home
An Irish entrepreneur, whose grandmother hails from Tuam, has launched a new app that allows you to be pampered in the comfort of your own home.
Elaine Doheny – the woman behind uGlow – is calling on health, wellness and beauty professionals in Galway to sign up the app which will be available to customers later this spring.
uGlow is a booking platform for health, beauty and wellbeing services wherever, and whenever you want.
In the first phase of the launch, uGlow are looking for professionals (GloPro’s) to sign up to the app. The services will be available to customers from April.
“Right now, uGlow’s focus is to get professionals in the areas of wellness beauty and lifestyle signed up – the hair stylists, beauticians, nail technicians, massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga and pilates instructors, stylists, you name it,” explained Elaine.
“The benefits for professionals signing up to uGlow include having more control over your time and increasing your revenue potential. uGlow works very much off your location so as the platform grows, you can work from anywhere in the world.
“The professionals, otherwise known as GlowPro’s, will also be given access to training and webinars on marketing their businesses, managing their finances and developing their brand.
“Freelancing can be lonely so I’d like uGlow to become a community for the freelance hairdressers, lactation specialists and other service providers who sign up to the app.”
The benefits for the professional is that it gives them the freedom and flexibility to plan their working week around their availability and opens them up to new audiences around Ireland – and globally in the future.
For the customer, it means they can be pampered anywhere, anytime at whatever cost they can afford; you make an offer on the App and the professional can choose to accept/decline – and one per cent of every booking will go to charity.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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