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More than 22 million euro collected in Local Property Tax in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than 22 million euro was collected in Local Property Tax in Galway in 2018.
The latest figures from Revenue show that there was an average 98 per cent compliance rate in the city and county, in line with previous years.
Galway City Council collected 8.3 million euro in Local Property Tax in 2018 with a compliance rate of almost 99 per cent.
The county council collected 14.2 million euro with a 98 per cent compliance rate.
Almost 5 per cent of properties in the city and county were declared exempt from LPT in 2018.
The majority of LPT properties in the city were in the value band between 100 and 150 thousand euro.
In the county, the majority of properties for which LPT was paid was in the band up to 100 thousand euro.
Overall, the government raised over 455 million euro in Local Property Tax last year.
Dublin City is where the most LPT was collected at 69 million euro.

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Galway West TD urges government to stand up for Irish fishermen as protestors gather over drop in quota

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell has urged the government to stand up for Irish fishermen and end what she describes as the long-running injustices in the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

Her comments come ahead of a protest of fishing families due to take place this morning outside the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Fishermen are protesting over a drop in quota due to Brexit and the fact the deal will only allow them to catch 15% of fish in Irish waters.

Organisations have warned up to four thousand jobs in the fishing and processing industry could be lost.

Deputy Farrell argues a statement of intent is now needed from government that they will fight tooth and nail for Ireland’s fair share of the fish in our waters when the Common Fisheries Policy is revisited.

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, says the government is trying to secure more quota for Irish vessels.

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216 submissions received on public realm enhancement proposal for Market Square in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 216 submissions have been received in relation to the proposal to enhance Market Square in Athenry.

The Market Square public realm enhancement project opened for public submissions last month.

It sets out to reimagine the town centre by investing in what is described as “quality of life and quality of experience”.

Six options have been put forward by Galway County Council as part of the preliminary design stage.

These include options for the pedestrianisation of Davis Street and Burke’s Lane after 11am and the creation of a public plaza.

The public consultation will feed in to the overall analysis of all the options to determine the preferred option.

This will be carried out by the appointed consultants LUC and should be determined in the coming weeks.

Athenry Traders Group, which represents over 80 businesses in Athenry, says it’s deeply unhappy with the six options presented and argues the document goes directly against their submission.

The campaigners have highlighted their vision to include a town that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly and also open to slow moving traffic following the examples of Castlebar and Westport.

The group has raised concerns over a range of issues including the pedestrianisation of the town centre, the consideration of a new plaza area at Market Square and the alleged lack of sufficient disability access.

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Funding allocated to cover just 28 of 237 local road improvement applications in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been allocated for just 28 out of 237 local road improvement applications in county Galway.

That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney who says the Government must urgently increase LIS funding to deal with the scale of applications in the county.

It comes as the County Council has received 237 valid applications at a total estimated cost of €10.8 million.

However this year the Local Authority was only able to allocate roughly €900,000 which equates to approximately 28 minor road improvement schemes.

LIS provides funding for improvement works on small roads and laneways in rural areas which are not maintained by Local Authorities and provide access to people’s homes and farms or to amenities such as lakes, rivers or beaches.

Deputy Canney argues the funding for county Galway represents less than 10% of the amount needed.

He says the Government must intervene and address the shortfall.

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