Galway City is the capital of the Western region and has a dominant role in the area. As Galway increases in size this domination is likely to increase. Galway had a population of 50,842 taken in the last census.The city serves a population of around 70,000. As well as having a developed shopping area it has a comprehensive infrastructural network including a seaport, airport, and extensive rail and roaad links to the rest of the country. Galway Corporation has an important role in providing a range of services to the people of the area. As well as providing vital services in the public interest Galway Corporation has acted as a vital link in the promotion of Galway as a base for tourism, industry and commerce. To do so effectively the Corporation employs a staff of over 280 and annually spends over £20 million on a combination of revenue accounts and capital projects to achieve its aims.
Programme Group Headings.
The following are the various headings under which Galway Corporation provides services.
Housing and Building
This involves a public housing programme whereby over 3,600 houses have been provided to date. A tenant purchase scheme exits which allows persons who hold a tenancy for at least one year to purchase their local authority rented dwelling.
Road Transportation and Safety
The city's road network is 189 kilometres of various categories of roads.Work in this area includes road improvements, promoting road safety and improving car parking.
Water Supply and Sewerage
The City is responsible for extracting and treating the water that is used daily by the citizens of Galway.
Development Incentives and controls
A Development plan is in place upto the year 2011. This plan lists the Corporation's aims, policies, and proposals for the development of the city. It has included such plans as the redevelopment of former derelict sites in the central area of the city. This has been successfully carrried out.
Under this heading the corporation carries out waste disposal and has developed landfill sites. Over 16,000 householders are provided with refuse facilities and the Corporation has provided for recycling of glass bottles and cans.
Recreation and Amenity.
A variety of recreational facilities are provided including parks, childrens playgrounds and community centres.
Agriculture, Education Health and Welfare.
This includes areas such as the hygiene of butcher shops and the regulation of the city abattoir.