Date Published: 22-Oct-2012
"Save our public right of way"
That’s the message from a group of up to 50 protestors from Tuam who have gathered at County Buildings this afternoon.
The group are opposed to changes to the Palace Road in Tuam leading from Bishop street to the Palace grounds, and associated development works at a car park there.
The demonstration is being held as Councillors hold their monthly meeting where the matter makes up two items on their agenda.
The Councillors will this afternoon consider a report under Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 on the disposal of just over point 2 hectares at Bishop Street in Tuam.
They will also consider a proposal under Section 73 of the Roads Act 1993 to extinguish a public Right of Way.
This involves a section of the swimming pool road in the townland of Demesne from its junction with Bishop Street to its junction with the new inner relief road, a length of one hundred and sixty two metres.
Tuam resident and Sawdoctors band member Leo Moran of the "Restore Our Palace Road" campaign group is calling on councillors to reject a proposal to hand over the public road and to also reject the proposed extinguishment of the right of way.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
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.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
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.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
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.