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Local senator calls for national discussion on public banking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local senator is calling for a national debate on public banking in the wake of Ulster Bank’s decision to withdraw from the republic.

Green Party Senator Pauline O’ Reilly told the chamber that we have a banking system that operates at the whim of profit.

She pointed out that Ulster Banks UK parent company – NatWest – made £64m in profit last year.

Senator O’ Reilly also referenced the sale of Ulster Bank’s loan books and said people are being caught in the middle of this for-profit system of banking and saving

She further raised the loss of vital community banking services in many communities nationwide due to the closure of post offices.

Senator O’ Reilly argued a national discussion is needed about the next step for banking in this country..

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Galway TD accuses government of discrimination against the regions regarding vehicle charging points in Galway county

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway East independent TD Sean Canney has called for more Vehicle charging points in the county saying that the allocation of points in Galway is very low.

The Independent TD received confirmation that there are 30 standard charging points, 7 fast charging points and 2 high powered charge points installed.

However, Deputy Canney argued that with Dublin County having in excess of 5 times the number of standard charging points than County Galway, It smacked of discrimination against the regions.

“The Government are looking to the electric car as a solution to CO2 emissions from cars, but they are not instilling confidence in people to buy electric vehicles”.

“If we do not get our act together and install the necessary infrastructure, we will not convince people to change to electric vehicles”.

“The Climate Action Fund is available and must be used but the installation must be fair to all the regions across the country. It is the biggest fear factor in purchasing an electric vehicle is running out of charge but no place to charge up”.

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City Councillor welcomes notification that work is commence on walking route in Rusheen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City West and Knocknacarra Councillor Donal Lyons welcomes the notification from officials at Galway City Council that the Parks Woodlands Team are to commence work on providing a new woodlands walking route in Rusheen which subject to approval by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will see work commencing on the new walkway in May/June of 2021.

“The existing lane in Rusheen is widely used by the public. However, damage is occurring to the woodland where the lane ends as walkers are traversing the woodland in various directions and inadvertently causing damage to the woodland surface.

The proposal will see the existing lane being cleaned up and a loose gravel covering being laid along the existing route and a new route being made which is presently most widely used which will create a walkway from the existing lane leading through the woods to the Barna Road. It is hoped that the new route will entice walkers to remain on the new route and thus avoiding further damage to the woodland.

Prior to Christmas, I was made aware that a gate had been erected on the Rusheen lane and advising the public that the lane was a private road. I made representations to Galway City Council and recently received confirmation that the lane is a public right of way. I have been informed that the gate presently in position will be replaced by a smaller gate which will allow pedestrian access to the laneway.

I am delighted that Galway City Council Parks Woodlands Team are now progressing the new walking route which will be a tremendous asset to the local community. It will add significantly to the excellent passive recreation in the Lough Rusheen Amenity Park, the Barna Woods and Silverstrand areas.

I want to thank the officials at Galway City Council Parks Department for their work in designing the new walking route”.

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Marts “unfairly treated” by Dept of Agriculture in finer details of ICT scheme according to Roscommon/Galway Deputy

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Livestock marts have been unfairly treated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine when it comes to the finer details of the ICT infrastructure scheme launched this week, according to independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

The Marts ICT Infrastructure Scheme was launched on Monday (March 1) and When the idea was mooted last year, it was expected that marts would receive funding of up to €5,000.

However, it has been confirmed that the investments made by marts last year to allow farmers attend virtually will not be eligible and only those who invest this year will receive funding under the scheme.

Deputy Fitzmaurice said that the marts made considerable investments last year and that they will now not be eligible is totally unacceptable.

Speaking on the matter, he said: “While the scheme was a welcome development when it was first revealed last year, I feel that the finer details revealed this week are totally unfair.

“It has been confirmed that investments made by marts in 2020 will not be eligible as part of the scheme.

“So now the department expects livestock marts to go out and spend more money, that they don’t have, in order to avail of a maximum grant of €5,000 – which covers just 50% of expenditure.

“In announcing the scheme this week, the minister praised livestock marts for providing a critical service to farmers during 2020 – with online sales taking center stage as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“All marts moved online in 2020 to accommodate these online sales, with considerable investments required to do so.

“Now marts are being told the investments they made last year will not be eligible for this scheme, which I feel is totally unacceptable.

“Marts have already borne the brunt of the costs and continue to make excessive payments when it comes insurance etc. When this scheme was initially mooted, marts welcomed it as a needed boost.

“Now, I fear that the uptake will be very little as marts may not have the funds to make further investments in ICT this year having already done so just a few months ago.

“I am calling on the minister to review the terms and conditions of this scheme to make it more beneficial for marts,” he concluded.

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