Galway Bay fm newsroom – Free parking for two hours each weekday in Galway in the lead up to Christmas is killing business in smaller towns according to members of Tuam Town Council.
They are demanding similar free parking facilities to stimulate business.
Cllr Mary Loftus said she had made similar proposals for free parking in Tuam on numerous occasions in the past and Cllr Larry Bane said the number of shoppers were very scarce in the town on Saturdays and some traders were worried about the survival of their businesses.
Cllr Sally Ann Flanagan said even two hours of free parking, as in Galway city during week mornings, would mean a lot for businesses in Tuam.
Director of Services Frank Gilmore said the council had given free parking concessions to Tuam prior to Christmas in previous years and the local authority would be even more generous with such concessions in the shopping period leading up to this Christmas.
Hunt on for Galway winner of €250 thousand prize bond jackpot
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The hunt is on for the Galway winner of a prize bonds jackpot worth €250 thousand.
It was won in the monthly Ireland State Savings Prize Bonds draw at the end of September.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Anna McHugh of An Post had this advice.
HSE urged to make agricultural land at Toghermore available for local use
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The HSE is being urged to make agricultural lands at the Toghermore campus on the outskirts of Tuam available for local use.
Local councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Health Forum West that it’s a “fine bank of land” lying idle.
Toghermore House currently houses mental health services, which will move to the Old Grove Hospital once ongoing redevelopment of that site is completed.
Councillor Killilea says there’s a significant parcel of agricultural land at Toghermore that local farmers could make good use of.
Over 80% of people in West claim they increased time spent outdoors since COVID-19 hit
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 81% of people in West claim they have increased the time they spend in natural spaces since COVID-19 hit.
The CSO data found that, nationwide, 78% of people say they spend more time outdoors now than in March 2020.
More than half of people surveyed in the West said they discovered a new natural space in that time.
While just 14% said they looked at getting access to a private or shared outdoor space.