The national Valuation Office is in consultation with the City Council over a pilot scheme for commercial rates revaluation.
The office is currently engaged in a national programme to revalue all commercial and industrial properties, and the list will replace the existing 1998 values.
At last evening’s council meeting, Councillor Colette Connolly stated the collection rate currently stands at 62 percent, and questioned how this scheme would improve that figure.
Mayor Terry O’ Flaherty added there were a lot of businesses in the city already closed, with people saying high rates were the real problem.
Managing valuer with the Valuation Office, Patrick Conroy told councillors the scheme would bring more equity, fairness and transparency to the local authority rating system.
Galway city based medical start-up wins prestigious national trade competition
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUA Surgical, a medical start-up from Galway has been named the Overall Winner of the national InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition
The NUI Galway based company has taken a cash prize of €100,000 at today’s online awards ceremony for the Investor Readiness contest
NUA Surgical is dedicated to innovation in women’s health and their developments include SteriCISION, a novel C-Section retractor that ensures a safer surgery.
CEO Barry McCann says this win is another stepping stone in bringing the device to market, where we can really make a difference in women’s health.
Three nights of road resurfacing works to commence in Loughrea town this evening
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three nights of road resurfacing works are set to commence in Loughrea town this evening.
Galway County Council is advising motorists and local residents that the works will take place between 7.30 pm and 7am on the R446 Bride Street from this evening through until to Saturday morning.
In order to facilitate these works a Stop/Go temporary traffic management system will be in operation on the section of R446.
As a consequence road users are being asked to expect delays and allow additional time for their journeys.
Galway Garda Chief questioned on use of spit hoods
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Garda Chief Superintendent has been questioned on the use of spit hoods in the county.
Galway West Independent TD Catherine Connolly raised the issue at this week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee.
Tom Curley confirmed spit hoods have been used in Galway.
However the Garda Chief said he could not go into cases as many are pending before the courts.
He also told the meeting that since March, between 60 to 70 files have been sent to the DPP in relation to various breaches of COVID 19 regulations.
He said these covered a range of incidents including house parties and attendance at public houses.
The Garda Chief stressed that policing is carried out in accordance with guidelines with the 4E approach of engage, explain and encourage, in the first instance.
Deputy Connolly queried how spit hoods are being used and also asked for a breakdown of powers in relation to COVID-19 – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…