Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
By CIARAN TIERNEY
Another attempt will be made to load the two ill-fated former Aran islands ferries onto a Danish cargo ship on Thursday following yet more drama at Galway Harbour over the weekend.
The arrest of the Thor Gitta on Thursday, preventing it from leaving the harbour, was followed by another failed attempt to load the Clann na nOileain and Clan Eagle 1 ferries onto the ship on Saturday afternoon.
An attempt to lift the Clan Eagle 1 onto the deck of the Thor Gitta was suspended shortly after 2pm on Saturday. The ferry was lowered back down into the water after an alarm sounded on one of the ship’s 60 metre high cranes.
Technicians were assigned to examine the cranes and the ship’s captain decided to halt the operation even though mariners and divers had been working since dawn to fit slings around and under the two ferries.
A fourth attempt to load the ferries onto the ship was postponed yesterday.It is understood the ship’s captain has requested stronger straps for the cable, despite sourcing new straps from the Netherlands last week.
“The attempted lift will now take place on Thursday and I think they are getting new straps in to load the boats,” said the CEO of the Galway Harbour Company, Eamon Bradshaw, yesterday.
The Admiralty order, resulting in the arrest of the ship, was lifted on Saturday afternoon and the Thor Gitta is now free to sail out of the harbour – once it can hoist the two ferries on board.
Last Thursday week, three men were injured when one of the ferries plunged into the docks from a height of about 12 metres (40 feet) after a cable snapped on one of the cargo ship’s cranes.
That accident occurred a week after another huge cargo ship, the German registered Pantanal, ran aground on rocks near Rossaveal after it was also deployed to the West of Ireland in order to pick up the two ferries.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
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.