Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Revenue inspectors have begun making door-to-door house calls across Galway in a major crackdown on tax-dodging landlords, the Connacht Tribune can reveal.
It is estimated that potentially thousands of professional landlords, as well as ‘amateurs’ who bought during the property boom, are facing massive fines.
The operation is part of a key ‘shadow economy’ strategy by Revenue which could see millions of euro collected in Galway through undeclared rental income and fines.
Dubbed the Revenue ‘Rainy Day’ fund, there are unofficial estimates the Exchequer could be losing out on as much as €6 million from undeclared rental income each year in Galway.
Already, there are reports of additional resources are being deployed to assist in the crackdown.
And with Finance Minister Michael Noonan currently preparing his jobs stimulus package, the new Government is examining all methods at its disposal to increase its revenue take – including this one.
It’s understood the main focus of the operation is on tax-dodging landlords who are not registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board, which is an offence in itself.
Inspectors have identified specific housing estates and residential areas in the city and county to target and have begun calling door-to-door to establish if a property is rented and the identity of the landlord.
A Revenue spokesperson confirmed to the Connacht Tribune this week that Galway is being targeted by officers – any undeclared landlords face an immediate audit.
“Yes, there are Revenue officers carrying out inspections of properties in Galway.
“These inspections form part of a rental sector shadow economy project in the region,” he said.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.