Wed, May 06, 2015
More than 3,000 Galway families are set to lose anything up to €80 a week from July as the age threshold for the One Parent Family Payment is cut from 16 to seven, a move which could force some parents out of the workplace, a local TD has warned.
Fianna Fáil Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív is calling on the Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton, to “stop the cull” on the payment, arguing that it is the difference between such families “keeping their heads above water and falling into poverty”. The changes follow reductions to the Back to School and Clothing Allowance as well as a new tax on maternity benefit.
The Cornamona based TD described the age eligibility changes to the One Parent Family Payment as another “attack on families, and vulnerable families in particular” - Galway alone has more than 3,000 families in receipt of the payment. He also argued that the cut will put parents under increasing financial pressure and may even force some parents out of the workplace in order to continue to qualify for the payment.
Irish Water will install water meters in Galway city “in the coming weeks”, starting in Knocknacarra. However a local councillor is calling on the controversial company to “continue its practice” of not installing meters “on properties which reject them”.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Lough Atalia was a hive of activity last Friday, April 24, as leading property agent DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard held its April auctions which featured 26 lots in total. The arrival of bidders from 1.30pm onwards ahead of the 3pm start was an early indication of the intent for the day, and indeed by 3pm the veranda lounge was full to capacity with anxious vendors, hopeful bidders, and one or two interested spectators.
Having cruised to a convincing SSE Airtricity League premier division 5-0 win at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday against Bray Wanderers, Galway United will be keen to deliver a similarly dynamic display when St Patrick's Athletic visit Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (7.45pm).
I have been very impressed with the new Mercedes-Benz Vito van range on a number of levels, and I expected it to continue to be the most expensive of the main competitors in this important van segment. The old Vito was €1,860 (ex-VAT) higher than the least expensive comparative entry level prices in that range.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD presented a specially commissioned trophy to Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Galway for “Best Design in Tourism” at the first ever Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2015, at a Gala event in the Doubletree Hilton, Dublin, to celebrate the inaugural national scheme identifying those who are making major difference in the tourism industry.
Me2UFitness opened its doors in the middle of January and Christina Dillon has been very busy since welcoming clients old and new.
I remember about a decade or more ago sticking my notebook under the nose of the then Health Minister Michael Noonan, when he was in Castlebar opening the hospital or something and asking him a question about something health related for the Galway area. And in the way he had about him back then, in the days before he was canonised, he cocked an eye and said to me “Right sonny, you're here from a Goll-way paper. This is not a day for Goll-way. Today is Mayo's day, not Goll-way's day.”