Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
By Dara Bradley
Plans to downgrade the Army barracks in Renmore are ‘back on the table’ as the new Minister for Defence is considering an old proposal to disband the country’s only Irish speaking battalion.
In February, this newspaper revealed that a proposal to disband the Army’s only Irish speaking battalion, An Céad Cath, was under consideration by the previous government, which would have resulted in a reduction in personnel from 234 to 69 at Dún Uí Mhaoiliosa.
But there was uproar over the plan to redeploy the soldiers to Athlone and the previous Minister for Defence, Galway West Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív, in one of his last acts before leaving government in March, gave a direction – which was agreed at Cabinet – to the Department of Defence that a full-strength Irish speaking battalion should be retained in any reconfiguration of the Defence Forces.
Ó Cuív’s eleventh hour decision effectively secured the future of Renmore barracks, but the concerns about An Chéad Chath and Renmore Barracks have resurfaced again after Defence Minister Alan Shatter this week rescinded the order made by his predecessor.
In a written reply to Deputy Ó Cuív, who asked if his direction still stood, Minister Shatter said all options are under consideration to find savings and cut costs in the Defence budget.
And Deputy Ó Cuív told the Galway City Tribune yesterday that not only has the Minister not ruled out the downgrading of Renmore Barracks, but the indications coming from well-placed military sources and from within the department are that the Government would “now be proceeding to implement the proposal to reduce personnel from 234 to 69”.
Deputy Ó Cuív said if it is implemented, the decision would, in time, effectively lead to the closure of Renmore Barracks.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
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.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
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.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
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.