Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
The campaign against a ban on turfcutting on some bogs in Galway is gaining momentum with more than 100 people protesting in Portumna this afternoon [29/6]
The National Parks and Wildlife Service held at clinic at the Shannon Oaks Hotel in Portumna to provide bog-owners with information on compensation and relocation.
However, the NPWS officials met with resistance from angry turfcutters who want the decision to ban turfcutting reversed.
Loughrea Gardaí were called to the scene but the protest passed off in a largely peaceful way.
The NPWS staff were allowed into the hotel after an initial stand off, but turfcutters continued to protest outside.
Councillor Michael Connolly was at the protest and he says the mood was one of anger:
The campaign against a ban on turfcutting has been gaining momentum in Galway over the past few weeks, with a similar protest taking place in Glenamaddy yesterday.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.