Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
The Government’s decision not to support Galway Airport from next year onwards means that – instead of saving taxpayers’ money by cutting subsidies – the State’s coffers will actually be significantly worse off in 2012. Because despite their ‘pro jobs’ rhetoric, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and his Cabinet colleagues’ decision to drop funding to the airport next year will result in a net loss to the exchequer.
The airport was seeking just €1.2 million in operation subvention in 2012 but the decision announced on Tuesday, which will effectively close the Carnmore facility, will result in the direct loss of €700,000 PRSI contributions and – with the airport’s 62 employees facing the dole queue – the Government can expect an additional social welfare bill of €650,000.
The airport got a temporary ‘stay of execution’ after being thrown a funding lifeline this week but the long-term threat of closure that has been hanging over the Carnmore facility, remains after Minister Varadkar bluntly ruled out any funding after 2012.
The airport will recieve between €1.2 million and €1.7 million this year, after an additional €5 million for regional airports was ‘rejigged’ within the Transport Department’s budget but, speaking on RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland Minister Varadkar said he would not be able to find further funds to support Galway in 2012. “There’s no point in people coming to my office looking for more money . . . the decision is made and it’s not going to be reversed,” he said.
Airport management has consistently maintained that without state support it would close and speaking to the Connacht Tribune airport Managing Director Joe Walsh said this latest decision “could spell the demise of the airport”.
See full story and editorial comment in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.