Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Galway Bay FM News Archives

Rates hike would be the last straw for struggling businesses

Published

on

Date Published: 29-Jun-2011

Struggling businesses in Galway could be set for a shock financial blow, after it emerged this week that a full rates revaluation of all premises in another local authority area is being based on rent levels from 2006.

If a similar valuation date is employed when commercial and industrial premises in Galway are revalued, businesses here could face massive hikes in rates based on rent from the height of the property boom.

The news comes as a crowd of between 600 and 700 business people are expected to attend a meeting in Galway city next week demanding affordable rates for employers and reform of the rates regime.

The mass meeting, planned by voluntary organisation Employers for Affordable Rates (EAR), will hear criticism of the system in which struggling businesses have their commercial rates assessed.

During a discussion on rates by councillors this week, the County Council’s Head of Finance Ger Mullarkey suggested they should ‘hold fire’ on the rates issue, as the Valuations Office is currently revaluing every business and commercial premises in Dublin City Council’s jurisdiction – and basing the valuations on rent levels from 2005/6.

The Valuation Office – the State property valuation agency – is currently in the process of revaluing commercial and industrial properties for local authorities across the country.

At the moment, it is revaluing Dublin City Council, which will take up to two years, according to Mr Mullarkey.

It has already completed its revaluations in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Councils.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway Bay FM News Archives

Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Published

on

Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

Continue Reading

Galway Bay FM News Archives

Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Published

on

Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

Continue Reading

Galway Bay FM News Archives

Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Published

on

Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending