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Levies to be imposed on owners of vacant sites in county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –
The owners of vacant sites in towns and villages in the county will be liable for levies if they remain undeveloped from the 1st of January next year.
County councillors were briefed about the new charges at a meeting of the local authority this week.
The levy will be 3% of the value of the lands from the 1st of January, 2019.
However, that goes up to 7% from January 2020 onwards.
The objective is to try and ensure that houses and dwellings are built in order to meet a substantial demand across the county and the country.
There was a mixed reaction from councillors.
Tom McHugh said that young people cannot buy on the open market and that it often did not make sense for builders to carry out developments.
Councillor Joe Byrne that there are no margins of profit for builders in County Galway towns; he suggested cutting down the VAT rate in the case of first time buyers as a positive move.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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Údarás na Gaeltachta approves over 60 new jobs in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over 60 new jobs in Connemara.

At its board meeting last evening, investment was approved in a wide range of projects in Gaeltacht regions nationwide.

Among the projects approved was a a development at Aran Biomedical in An Spidéal, whill will create 45 new jobs.

Investment was also approved for Tully-based media company Fíbín Teo, which will create 15 new jobs by 2025.

The meeting was attended by the newly appointed CEO of Údarás, Tomás O’ Síocháin.

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Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.

Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.

But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.

Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.

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