Noel Grealish TD

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A total of 80 childcare providers in Galway City and County are to receive funding of more than half a million euro to help them take on more children in September. The capital grants, which have been revealed to Independent TD Noel Grealish, are to enable private and community-based provider...read more
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Concern about the number of children in care in Galway who do not have a social worker allocated to them has been raised by Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish. “More than one in ten of these children hasn’t yet had a social worker allocated to their care, which is among the highest rates ...read more
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Students from the Aran Islands attending college in NUI Galway or GMIT are considered to be too close to Galway to qualify for full grants. A reduced rate of grant applies to those living within 45km of the third level college they attend. But the exclusion of students from the Aran Islands fr...read more
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More than 2,000 people in Galway with limited means are facing a new bill this month, following the ending of a waiver on their refuse collection charges. They will have to pay as much as €170 extra this year, according to Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish. They are former users of Ga...read more
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Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish has called for a radical overhaul of An Bord Pleanála, with the planning appeals board reformed on a regionalised basis. And he has also urged time limits to be introduced for decisions to be made by the body, similar to those applying to local council...read more
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Shock at the level of increases being faced by people renewing their motor insurance policies has been expressed by a candidate in the General Election. Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish said the issue was constantly being raised on the doorsteps by people he called to. “I was told by o...read more
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A Galway TD has called for a relaxation of rules that he claims are forcing people back on the Dole after they have reached a limit of time spent working on Community Employment Schemes. Deputy Noel Grealish said that it would cost the state very little to extend the number of years that peop...read more
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People in Galway have been urged to alert older family members and neighbours or others who may not be able to get to a polling station to vote in the General Election that they only have until the end of this week to apply for a postal vote. This Friday, February 5, is the deadline for appli...read more
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A Galway TD has hit out at what he called the snail’s pace of progress on planning for a new Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway. Deputy Noel Grealish was told by Health Minister Leo Varadkar, in response to a Dáil question last week, that it would be another two months before th...read more
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Hundreds of mature students have lost out on the grants vital to helping them take a step towards securing a better life for themselves, Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish has revealed. He has warned people over 23 who may hope to go to NUI Galway, GMIT or other third-level colleges as ma...read more
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More than 440 Galway people brought to prison last year were released within hours. The vast majority of them were removed to jail because they had failed to pay fines imposed on them by the courts. The figures from the Irish Prison Service were obtained by Galway West Independent TD Noel Grea...read more
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People aged over 25 in Galway are finding it much more difficult to get back into the workplace than younger people Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that those under 25 are by far the biggest beneficiaries of the drop in unemployment in the city and county. The Live Reg...read more
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Galway students planning to seek summer work in the USA this year have been warned that they need to take action soon in the light of changes to the process. A new rule which has come into effect this year requires J1 visa applicants to have their working-holiday jobs secured and approved bef...read more
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The number of Garda vehicles in County Galway is one fifth less than the strength of the fleet five years ago. There are currently 81 vehicles, the majority of them cars, available to members of the force in Galway, a drop of 22 on the 2010 total of 103 vehicles. The figures have been reveal...read more
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The Minister for Agriculture has moved to allay concerns raised by Galway TD Noel Grealish over the possible effect on prices paid to farmers in the wake of a deal that will see ABP Food Group increase its share of the market. Minister Simon Coveney said that the recent deal, which will see t...read more
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More than 400 criminals who were sent to jail are instead serving their sentences at home in their own communities, the Minister for Justice has confirmed to Galway TD Noel Grealish. The Independent Deputy received the information in response to a Dáil query he had tabled in the wake of confi...read more
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A Galway TD has called for a drug which can transform the lives of people with cystic fibrosis to be made available under the drugs repayment scheme and to people with medical cards. Independent Deputy Noel Grealish raised the issue of the availability of the drug Orkambi in a Parliamentary Que...read more
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Galway West TD Noel Grealish has welcomed the decision by Bord Iascaigh Mhara to withdraw its application for a 15,000-tonne salmon farm off the Aran Islands. And the Independent Deputy has called on BIM not to consider making any new application or a smaller operation off the coast of Inis Oír...read more
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Some parts of Galway are recovering from the economic crash much more slowly than others. The numbers out of work are still more than double what they were before the crash in four of the six areas into which the county is split for the purposes of Live Register statistics. Galway West Indepen...read more
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There was a 4% reduction in the number of crimes committed in Galway during the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year. The most substantial decrease was in the number of burglaries, which have fallen by a fifth, with a total of 426 recorded in the city and county up t...read more
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Pressure is being stepped up on the Government to provide funding for a bypass of Claregalway before it leaves office in the new year. Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish is seeking an urgent meeting with Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe on the issue after Galway County Council confirmed...read more
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Almost a quarter of a million crimes — ranging from murder to public order breaches — have been committed by offenders in Ireland while they were out on bail for other charges in the past ten years. The figures were released to Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish in a response to a Parliam...read more
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A call for the Government to ‘take its foot off the throat of the credit union movement’ has been made by Independent Galway TD Noel Grealish. Deputy Grealish warned that the future of Galway’s credit unions depended on them being able to stay strong and develop their business. But he said tha...read more
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Galway West Independent TD Noel Grealish has welcomed a Government change of mind that could cut the cost of new homes in Galway by €10,000. Deputy Grealish had described as ‘ridiculous’ the exclusion of Galway from a scheme to rebate development levies paid to local councils by builders in Dub...read more
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Independent Deputy for Galway West, Noel Grealish has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education that she has given approval for a new school building for Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, to proceed to construction in 2016. ‘I have worked closely with the Board of Management and Principal ...read more
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