Date Published: 21-Mar-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
Galway City Council has warned homeowners that the annual €200 ‘second homes’ levy is due after the end of this month.
The ‘liability date’ for the Non-Principal Private Residence (NPPR) tax is March 31 – the payment must then be made before June 30, or penalties of €20 per month apply.
To date, around 11,000 homes in Galway City have been registered – last year, it generated just over €2.4 million, up from €2.15m the previous year.
A spokesperson for the City Council said that because the payment of the levy is on a ‘self-assessment’ basis, there is no definitive figure available for the number of properties in the city that are liable to the charge.“
The NPPR charge is a self-assessment charge and liable properties include rented properties, holiday homes, inheritances and vacant properties, subject to certain exemptions. The charge also applies to people who only own one property but are not living in it as their Principal Private Residence.
“Therefore, it is difficult to quantify the number of properties and/or owners due to a lack of information databases/sources. In addition to the lack of available information, is the added difficulty of a property having multiple owners and conversely, an owner having multiple properties,” the spokesperson said.
While 11,000 have been registered in the city to date, the Sentinel understands there could be up to 15,000 properties which are liable.
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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.