Date Published: 10-Jun-2009
Unemployment in Galway is still rising.
According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, an extra 559 people signed on the Live Register last month [May].
There are now almost 22 thousand people out of work in Galway city and county.
The biggest increase in unemployment last month was in Galway city with 341 joining the Live Register, bringing its jobless figure up to 11 thousand 900.
Tuam also saw a big jump in unemployment in May with an extra 114 signing on, meaning there are just under 4 thousand people out of work in the area.
54 more people signed on in Ballinasloe last month, bringing its unemployment figure to just over 2 thousand 300.
Loughrea saw an increase of 40 in its Dole queues, meaning there are now almost 2 thousand 300 people without a job.
In Gort, the increase was not as severe with 8 people joining the Live Register, bringing its jobless figure to 12 hundred and 88.
Clifden faired the best in terms of unemployment last month, with only two more people signing on.
However, it still means there are over a thousand people out of work in Clifden.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.