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€533,500 awarded to South Galway clubs

Grants totalling €533,500 have been awarded to 11 GAA clubs and sporting organisations in South Galway under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme.Minister of State at the Department of Sport Michael Ring allocated significant finance to local projects following applications made by sports clubs earlier this year.

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Flood victims ‘living in fear’ over project delay

AS water levels continue to rise, South Galway residents are “living in fear” of a repeat of the devastating November 2009 flooding, a local county councillor has warned.Councillor Bridie Willers, who was forced to move out of her own flooded home at Grannagh near Castledaly on November 19, 2009, for over three months, is becoming increasingly frustrated over the delay in securing official approval for the Dunkellin River and Aggard Stream Flood Relief Scheme.Despite funding for six schemes totalling €554,000 under the OPW Non-Coastal Minor Works Flood Relief Schemes, the Office of Public Works still hasn’t sanctioned any money for the Dunkellin River Flood Relief Scheme.Councillor Willers, who wasn’t able to return to her home until the end of February 2010, insists it “beggars belief” that three years on, money hasn’t been even allocated to the scheme.Director of services, Frank Gilmore told a recent Galway County Council meeting he is optimistic that many of the obstacles could be overcome.The Dunkellin …

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Small businesses crippled by charges

SMALL and medium enterprises in Gort and Loughrea are being “crippled” by charges and taxes, according to a local county councillor.Speaking on Tuesday before expected cuts in welfare payments, expenditure cuts and new taxes in Wednesday’s Budget, Councillor Bridie Willers stressed the Government had to seriously tackle the high cost of doing business for traders.Commenting on previous pledges by the Government to tackle “upwardly only” rent reviews, the Fine Gael councillor said a new formula needed to be provided to reduce the cost of leases, which would in turn reduce the number of vacant properties.In his 2011 Budget speech, finance minister, Michael Noonan stated, “It has not proved possible to develop a targeted scheme to tackle this issue that would not be vulnerable to legal challenge”.Since first mooted by the Government, the proposed legislation has created uncertainty for both commercial landlords and tenants alike and has been accused of preventing any meaningful activity in the investment sector. It is understood …

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