Date Published: 16-Apr-2012
An Taisce is calling for an independent review of Galway County Council’s planning decisions.
The County Council is one of nine local authorities to fail a new report into its record of planning decisions and environmental policy.
An Taisce, which carried out this study, says the publication of the Mahon report has seen renewed calls for investigations into the planning matters of local authorities.
It measures decision making by councils, over-zoning and oversupply, protection of water quality and development sprawl.
Others ranked as the worst performers by the national trust include Donegal, Roscommon, Leitrim, Kerry, Mayo, Cavan, Carlow and Waterford County Councils.
Meanwhile the city council has been ranked in third place for its planning performance with a grade of 70 percent.
Although no council scored an A or B, Galway city was one of four to achieve a C grade, in third place.
Planning probes had previously been set up by John Gormley but shut down by current Environment Minister Phil Hogan.
Spokesperson for An Taisce, Charles Stanley Smith says An Taisce is now calling for an independent review into planning irregularities at Galway County Council.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.