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 ‘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.