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Reduction in property tax for city householders ruled out

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Homeowners in Galway city and 10 other counties, will not see any cut in property tax, as a result of plans drawn up by the Government.
Despite the councils raising enough funding to allow for a reduction, cuts in local Government funding will mean they’ll be unable to do so.
From next year councils across the country will keep 80% of the funding they raise through property tax.
The remaining money will be distributed to poorer councils who don’t raise enough cash from the tax.
But in a document prepared for the Economic Management Council – and seen by the Irish Independent – a fresh round of cuts will prevent 11 local authorities adjusting the charge by up to 15% downwards because their surplus will be eroded.
These are two of the four councils in the capital as well as in Cork city and county, Kerry, Clare, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Wicklow and Galway.
The issue continues to split the coalition with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore refusing to sign off on the plan and leaving it to his successor to negotiate.

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HSE Notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The HSE has today been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

This is an increase of 172 on yesterday’s figure.

The five-day moving average of cases stands at 1,305.

282 COVID-19 patients are in hospital this morning with the virus – a decrease of 15 in the last 24 hours.

65 Covid patients are in ICU.

The decrease in figures is also shown in figures for Galway University Hospital.

As of 8pm yesterday evening, there are 11 receiving treatment with 4 in ICU, the same as 24 hours previously.

In Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 2 receiving treatment, an increase of 1 on the day previously.

There is also 1 in ICU, also an increase of 1 on 8pm on Thursday.

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The Minister for Health has announced the removal of all States from the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine list.

Six South American countries were the last nations left on the list.

Over 10,000 people entered Mandatory Hotel Quarantine – which was introduced in March.

Travellers into Ireland must still abide by the relevant travel regulations including the need for a PCR test if they’re not vaccinated.

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Ballinasloe Fair Co-ordinating group officially cancel this year’s events.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Ballinasloe Fair co-ordinating group have made the decision in the interest of public health and safety to officially cancel this year’s events.

The overall co-ordinating group plan to meet at the end of the year to make plans for 2022 and to celebrate this year’s anniversary.

In a statement released this afternoon, The coordinating committee said they would like to thank the local community, sponsors and all the associations involved for their ongoing commitment and support.

They added that they looked forward to welcoming all participants and visitors to Ballinasloe Fair and festival in 2022 for the 300th anniversary.

The statement concludes by saying that no parking is permitted in the Fair Green area or its environs.

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Irish Independent reveals five Galway TD’s have assets over 1 million euro

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Irish Independent has revealed that Five Galway TD’s have assets worth over 1 Million Euro.

The Rich List, published in today’s paper, has found there’s 68 TDs with assets to the value of a million or more.

The five are, In Galway West Eamon O’Cuiv and Noel Grealish, In Galway East Sean Canney and Ciaran Cannon and in Roscommon/Galway Denis Naughten.

The newspaper’s Political Rich List, is based on a detailed examination of the value of their properties, land, businesses, shareholdings and pensions.

Independent TD Michael Lowry tops the list, with assets estimated to be worth over 7 million euro.

The project also revealed that one-quarter of the 160 TDs in the Dáil are landowners or property investors, with some renting up to four properties.

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