Date Published: 20-Nov-2012
The Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has agreed to meet a delegation from the Aran Islands today to discuss concerns over the future of the air service.
Dinny McGinley is to convene a gathering with a deputation of six or seven islanders at the Departments Kildare Street offices this afternoon [Nov 20 @ 1pm].
It follows mounting local fears of a withdrawal of state subsidies for the Aer Arann service.
In statements to date, the Department says no decision has been made yet as it has not yet been informed of its financial allocation for next year.
Its current contract with Aer Arann will expire on the 31st of August 2013.
The four year contract, worth over 6 million, provides for 3 daily return flights to Inis Mór, 2 daily return flights to Inis Meain and to Inis Oírr on weekdays with four return flights on weekends.
Galway West Oireachtas members are also invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Fine Gael Deputy Sean Kyne says it will allow islanders to air their concerns.
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.