Scrap VAT on first-time house purchases, demands Grealish

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

Scrapping VAT for first time buyers could slash "almost €40,000 off the price of a new house in Galway", and be a positive move to help young couples secure a home.

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Mayor condemns delays to new radiation oncology unit at UHG "unacceptable"

Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Reports of a €109 million shortfall in capital funding for health services will "come as a blow to cancer patients" in the west who will have to wait "even longer for the development of the much needed state of the art radiation oncology unit" in Galway.

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Greenway development will not prevent rail re-opening, confirms CIE

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

CIE has confirmed that the development of the Quiet Man Greenway along the Tuam to Athenry railway line will not prevent it from opening the rail line again for train use, if such services were ever reintroduced.

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Chris Okeke - looking at the world through God’s eyes

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Chris Okeke is one of Galway’s leading Nigerian expats; in his many years here he has been a noted community development advocate who has contributed to many projects in the city.

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TG4’s Finné to tell story of Tuam mother and baby home survivor Peter Mulryan

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Currently running on Wednesday nights on TG4 is a riveting new documentary series, Finné (Witness), made by Galway’s Magamedia, which shows the human side of Irish stories that have made the headlines over the past 50 years.

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Galway city to be twinned with new Irish Naval Services ship

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Galway is to be twinned with the Irish Naval Services new ship, the LÉ William Butler Yeats, at a reception this weekend to mark and honour the relationship between city and vessel.

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Nominate a volunteer for national awards, says local centre

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Galway Volunteer Centre is calling on the public to help recognise kindness in their communities by nominating a volunteer for the national Volunteer Ireland Awards. The awards were launched by Ireland’s Got Mór Talent Presenter James Kavanagh.

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New book on Salthill tells the tale of one of Ireland’s first tourist resorts

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Paul McGinley’s new book, Salthill - A History, Part 1, begins with a most informative historic timeline, taking the reader from 1557 to 1901. Early documents were sparse but in 1797, a French traveller “wrote of young damsels going to refresh their charms in the sea about two miles from the city”.

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Greenway does not threaten future rail services, says Cannon

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

East Galway Minister Ciaran Cannon has received confirmation from CIE that the licence for the development of a greenway on CIE lands can be revoked at any time if the Board has alternative plans for the lands.

The Minister has said that Galway’s county councillors need to bear this fact in mind ahead of the forthcoming vote on a feasibility study for the Quiet Man Greenway.

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IDA Mervue to hold Car Free Day next week

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

As part of European Mobility Week, a Car Free Day will be held at IDA’s Mervue Business and Technology Park on Tuesday, September 18. Staff at the business park are encouraged to choose ‘Smarter Travel’ options and to try commuting by walking, cycling, public transport or car-sharing where possible, leaving their car at home on the day.

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City Council to apply for funding for new three-storey museum

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The Galway City Council will apply for funding from Fáilte Ireland of up to €6 million for a new three storey museum building incorporating the refurbishment and restoration of Comerford House.

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Minister urges all to contribute to Monday’s public consultation on international development

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development

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Taoiseach confirms funding for Grove site in Tuam

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Seán Canney TD met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Tuam last Friday evening, when Mr Varadkar confirmed that funding was available in the HSE capital budget to proceed with the refurbishment of the Old Grove site.

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Home Instead Galway hosts free dementia workshops in the community

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Home Instead Senior Care Galway and local libraries are hosting a series of free Dementia Workshops this September, which is World Alzheimer’s Month.

About 55,000 people in Ireland are currently living with some form of dementia, and that figure is expected to increase dramatically in the years ahead. The workshops, which take place in Galway City, Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea, and Ballybane, aim to educate local families about the disease and share Home Instead’s expertise in dementia care.

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Greens to hold Drastic Plastic event this evening

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD will be among the speakers at an information evening about plastic waste, which takes place in the Galway City Museum's Kitchen Café this evening at 6pm.

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Renmore Brownies inviting new members

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The Brownies group in Renmore is returning after the summer break and reopening its doors to new members to enrol on Wednesday September 19 from 6:45pm.

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NUI Galway launches Marine Science and Biology Programme for visiting international students

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

NUI Galway’s International Affairs Office and College of Science have just announced a tailor-made programme in Marine Science and Biology for international students coming to Galway for a semester or year for a study abroad experience.

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Brexit masterclass from Tony Connelly in Loughrea next week

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The Lough Rea Hotel and Spa will host a Brexit Masterclass Breakfast with RTÉ’s Europe Editor, Tony Connelly on Wednesday 26 September at 7:30am. The broadcaster and historian, John Bowman, will moderate the event.

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City conference to hear about how NOT to do public policy

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

NUI Galway’s Whitaker Institute will today (Thursday) host a conference on ‘How (Not) To Do Public Policy’, and launch a report which examines the failure of water charges and the success of the Local Property Tax in Ireland.

The conference will gather senior policymakers, public servants, academics, and other experts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the policy-making process in Ireland with a view to suggesting how the quality of policy-making might be improved, including how policies are conceived, designed, implemented, communicated, and reviewed.

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Grealish demands review of Fair Deal scheme to free up houses for renting

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

More than 500 homes across County Galway are left idle while their occupants are in nursing homes, but a Galway TD is calling for the rules to be changed so such houses can be rented to families caught in the accommodation crisis.

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