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Airport board determined to secure facility’s future

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 15-Jun-2011

Galway Airport this week commenced sourcing alternative streams of investment to secure its long-term future after the Government decided to cease funding it from January of next year.

The board of the airport and its majority shareholder, Galway Chamber, has confirmed it will hire “specialists” in finance and investment, who will help the airport fundraise from private third-party investors, businesses and local authorities, Galway City and County Councils.

In a joint statement this week, airport management and the Chamber said they were “confident about the future for Galway Airport”, even though they had consistently said the airport would close if state subsidy was not forthcoming.

They also both jointly rejected the inference by the Minister for Transport and Tourism, Leo Varadkar, that Galway Airport is not a strategic asset and therefore not important to the economic development of the west region.

“In his announcement last week Minister Varadkar said that he was going to concentrate on supporting ‘strategic’ airports and what he was saying by not supporting Galway is that Galway is not a strategic airport. Well we completely reject that and we are reiterating that Galway Airport is a strategic airport in supporting business and jobs and promoting tourism in Galway City, County and the West. It is a strategic asset because of the economic impact it has.

Is this an indicator of how the West of Ireland and Galway is going to be treated? We have to make a stand,” said Managing Director Joe Walsh.

See this week’s Connacht Tribune for full story.

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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.

Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.

The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.

It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.

At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.

The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.

Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.

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Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.

The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.

Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.

Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.

The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.

 

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