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Rates and Local Property Tax likely to remain unchanged in city budget

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commercial rates and local property tax in the city look set to remain the same in next year’s city council Budget.
The draft Budget for 2018 has been published and councillors will vote on whether or not to adopt it at a meeting next Monday. (20/11)
The Budget provides for expenditure of 77.9 million euro for the day to day running of the city.
This is an increase of 2.7 million euro on last year’s Budget.
It’s expected that almost half the income for the city council next year will come from rates, which are predicted to bring in revenue of 36.4 million euro.
The biggest areas of expenditure will be Housing & Building and Recreation & Amenity.
Some new projects proposed for funding in 2018 include a canal improvement programme, solar compaction bins and the extension of cemeteries.
Increased funding will be provided for Housing Adaptation, the European Region of Gastronomy and the extension of the Purple Flag programme to Salthill village.
The city council also hopes to hire extra staff next year, including community wardens, data protection and marketing and tourism staff.

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FYI Dáil hears of significant gaps in youth mental health services in Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Dáil has heard of significant gaps in youth mental health services being offered in Galway.

Contributing to a debate on services nationwide, Deputy Mairead Farrell said the lack of out-of-hours services is a particular local concern.

She cited a recent survey conducted among young people across the county, many of whom have directly accessed services.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell also pointed out that Galway has the highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with youth mental health service Jigsaw.

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Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads

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From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020

That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.

There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.

Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.

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Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.

He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.

Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.

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