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Connolly calls increase in housing waiting list figures ‘truly frightening’

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The housing waiting list in the city jumped by more than 650 households in the last year, a “truly frightening” figure according to Independent councillor, Catherine Connolly,

O’Connor worry adds to Holmes’ woes

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Half-an-hour after his sides nightmare on the field had come to an end, joint Mayo manger Pat Holmes tried to put some semblance on a shambolic display that saw his side beaten from pillar to post by Dublin on Saturday night. His initial thoughts on the game were brief and succinct saying: “I am disappointed, very disappointed.”

Regional sports centre on target for January relaunch

t is hoped that the new and improved Athlone Regional Sports Centre will be ready to be launched in January 2015.

Return of seven day burial is the 'right decision', says Crowe

After more than a year of campaigning for its return, the seven day burial service is due to be restored by the end of this year, according to city councillor Ollie Crowe who described it as the “right outcome”.

Talking books: A service Galway can be proud of

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IN 1974, Galway County Libraries set up a service for the blind and visually impaired to allow them enjoy the benefits of the library. It was modelled on one already provided by the National Council for the Blind and Galway remains the only public library in Ireland to provide it. It is totally free of charge.

Drop in Live Register figures welcomed, but caution urged

There was a widespread welcome to the news that the number of people on the Live Register had fallen for the 20th month in a row, with the numbers on the register in Mayo dropping by six per cent in the last 12 months. Government TD John O’Mahony, in welcoming the news, said this week: “A total of 61,000 net new jobs were created across the country last year. We’ve come from a situation where we were shedding 1,600 jobs per week, to one where we are creating 1,200 jobs per week. The pace of jobs growth over the last year has been very encouraging, and the Government is determined to increase these figures even further in the year ahead.” He did acknowledge that there is still a long road ahead on this front, saying: “While the number of people out of work in Mayo is falling, we still have a long way to go. But I am confident that we can build on jobs growth in the year ahead.”

People believe economy will improve but they will not benefit

Irish people are optimistic about the economy generally for 2014 but feel that their own circumstances will get worse. The apparent contradiction is contained in a major survey of 26,000 Irish people carried out by The AA.

Post office owner feels new dole payment system will be bad for post offices

A local postmaster has warned this week that the Government must wake up to the threat to post offices in Westmeath.

Pay up - Council sends 200 letters seeking payment of household charge

Some 200 letters have been sent by City Hall to households throughout Galway city, calling on the owners to pay the controversial household charge.

Council thanks householders who have paid charge

More than 18,000 Galway households have now paid the controversial household charge, with 1,250 of those payments having been made over the last two months.


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