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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.