Friday 6 December 2019

Tax reduction vote

Members of Mayo County Council have voted for a 3pc reduction in the Local Property Tax, despite concerns raised by senior officials.

The move will see the tax bill for households cut by between €2.70 and €6.75. Senior officials had warned against the cut, saying the council had no scope for reducing the tax.

Burial appeal

A NURSING home is appealing for information on an Irishman who died in the UK without friends and family. Sean Parker (79) died in a Kent nursing home and staff launched an appeal to locate surviving relatives.

He is believed to be from Galway and staff are keen that he be repatriated and buried in the same graveyard as his mother.

Road work delay plea

Galway city council has been urged to delay necessary works to a city bridge to avoid delaying January Sales shoppers. Investigation work in under way at Lough Atalia bridge this week with full works scheduled for the first week in January. However, Cllr Declan McDonnell has called for the works to be postponed until the second week to avoid any loss of revenue.

Horse fair in doubt

UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of one of Ireland's oldest horse fairs following new regulations.

Banagher Horse Fair in Co Offaly, scheduled to take place this Sunday, dates back to the 1600s. But, due to new equine regulations, it will now be treated as an illegal event because horses cannot be kept or sold at a site that is not registered with the Department of Agriculture.

Irish Independent

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