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Struggling United must let players go on free terms

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Date Published: 23-Jun-2011

Keith Kelly

GALWAY United manager Sean Connor admitted the news from the club this week that it is being forced to place all of its professional players on the transfer list is an undoubted blow, but not one which would spell the end of the club.

Sounding surprisingly upbeat yesterday, the United boss said that while he is hugely disappointed that any departures from the club has been taken out of his own hands, he is still confident the club can turn around its fortunes both on and off the pitch.

“I am not surprised with the news this week, but what does disappoint me is the manner in which it has come about. I had intended to move players out of the club when the transfer window opens in July, but the decision on which players leave is no longer my own.

“I have spoken to a number of players and have lined up some to sign on amateur forms, and take a couple of players from England on loan, and I am still hopeful that can happen. The money needed to rectify the current situation is not huge, and hopefully we can bring that money.

“I managed to secure some sponsorship this morning, and the club has a number of fundraising initiatives lined up, so hopefully we can turn the corner. Right now, the club has a cashflow problem. If we can solve that problem, hopefully the FAI will look at proposed signings on an individual basis and let us go through with them,” Connor said yesterday.

The club released a statement on Wednesday saying that all players in paid employment by the club were free to leave in the transfer window due to an issue over unpaid wages.

“Following discussions with the Football Association of Ireland and the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland, Galway United confirm that all professional players at the club will be available when the summer transfer window opens.

“Galway United would like to thank our players, supporters, sponsors and the Galway FA for their support and patience over the past few weeks. The club has put a summer fundraising campaign in place which we expect will help us out of our current difficult financial situation.

“The fundraising campaign will commence this Saturday, June 25, with a Flag Day in Galway city centre. We ask for the support of the Galway public this Saturday, and at our next home match against UCD on Friday July 1,” the statement read.

Ronan Coleman, the secretary of the club’s Management Committee, said the move did not come as a surprise given the club’s dwindling attendances, the poor run of form it is on, and the economic situation as a whole.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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