Galway Bay fm newsroom – Brexit may need to be considered before a final decision is made on the future use of the former Galway Airport site.
That’s according to Oranmore/Athenry councillor Malachy Noone who has suggested holding out on a decision until Britain officially departs the EU.
Brexit is scheduled to take place on Friday March 29th next year.
Councillor Noone has told county officials Britain’s departure should be considered when formulating the future plan for Galway Airport.
Director of Services Michael Owens reiterated the council’s position stating all options are being considered for the Carnmore site, including aviation.
Councillor Frank Kearney said the site in Inverin could very well become another dormant site after Aer Arann’s decision to end its PSO flights to the Aran Islands from December.
He said a use should be found for the Carnmore facility which will bring in maximum income.
The site at Carnmore spans 115 acres and was purchased for one million euro as a ‘brownfield’ site by the city and county councils.
County Councillors vote by narrow margin against any increase to Local Property Tax
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors today decided by a one vote majority to maintain the Local Property Tax at its present rate in the County despite a strong request from management for an increase.
C.E.O., Jim Cullen, told todays meeting that the Council was seriously hampered for the want of money and he sought a 15% increase in the property tax to stabilise the situation.
CEO Jim Cullen set the scene in stark terms. At this stage it looks like spending will exceed income to the tune of €4.6m. next year. An increase of 15% in the property tax was the only realistic short-term option to stem the tide, Mr Cullen said.
The CEO stated that the increase would enable the maintenance of services and give the Council a stronger hand in looking for more money from the Government in Dublin. Galway has lagged behind similar sized Counties for years in the amount of money it gets from Central Government – €740 per person in Galway as again’st €1,257 per person in Mayo. .
Councillors such as James Charity, Joe Sheridan and Dáithí Ó Cualáin said they were not persuaded that there would be extra money from Government funds even if the Property Tax was increased.
Councillor Albert Dolan turned the tables around and proposed a 15% reduction in the Propery Tax but that was heavily defeated. Councillor Joe Beirne and Thomas Welby put a motion to the floor supporting a 15% increase and this was defeated by one vote …..17 for and 16 again’st with 5 abstentions.
The net result is no change in the property tax in Co Galway this year.
Three people died on Galway roads in first six months of 2021
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 3 people have died on Galway roads in the first six months of this year.
That’s according to figures from the Road Safety Authority, which show that nationally, 65 people have died on Irish roads between January and July 15th.
Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 11, followed by Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Louth which each had 5.
The research found that rural roads, with speed limits of 80km per hour or higher, are the most likely places for a fatal collision to occur.
RSA CEO Sam Waide says counties Leitrim, Clare, Offaly, Laois and Carlow had no fatalities during this time.
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Public appeal over low uptake of vaccines at Ballybrit among younger age groups
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a significantly reduced uptake in Covid-19 vaccinations at Ballybrit among the 18 to 30 year old age group.
That’s according to Saolta Chief Director of Nursing Paul Hooton, who says the drop-off is very significant when compared to older age coherts, most of which have an over 90 percent uptake.
But he says among 18 to 30 year olds, who are now being vaccinated, registration rates are only around 65 percent.
Overall, over 140 thousand people have been vaccinated at the Ballybrit center so far, with 2,500 people receiving a dose per day at peak operation.
Paul Hooton is urging younger people to get registered and get vaccinated.