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10 GALWAY RESIDENTS AMONG GROUP TO HAVE OPEN TALK WITH EU VICE PRESIDENT

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Date Published: 10-Jan-2013

Ten Galway residents took part in a citizens dialogue in Dublin this afternoon with the EU’s Vice President and Ireland’s Minister for European affairs.

They were among 200 people at the question and answer session in City Hall which focused on topics such as Ireland’s economy, employment and citizens rights.

The event marks the European year of Citizens 2013 which aims to be an open exchange of views on the current economic crisis and the future of the European union.

The Taoiseach, Tanaiste and President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso launched the event this afternoon.

Afterwards, Vice President of the European commission Vivian Reding and Minister of state for European affairs Lucinda Creighton took questions from the public.

City resident Bernard O’ Farrell from Knocknacarra who retired from his post in Teagasc in Athenry three years ago, took part in today’s dialogue.

He says that overall, it was a very positive event.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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