Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
Prince Albert II of Monaco signed an historic agreement to promote links between the marine institutes in Monaco and Oranmore during his visit to Galway yesterday (Thursday) on the final day of his State visit.
The memorandum of understanding was drawn up by the Marine Institute and the Oceanographic Institute in Monaco to foster an interchange of ideas in marine education, environmental protection, renewable ocean energy, and the ecosystem approach to fisheries management.
The memorandum was signed in the presence of Prince Albert, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan and the CEO of the Oceanographique Institute Robert Calagno.
Afterwards the party took a tour around the research laboratories for 90 minutes and the Prince spoke to many of the 100 staff who had gathered for the visit.
Prince Albert said the agreement would benefit future scientific research for both countries and he welcomed the opportunity to visit the institute in Oranmore, which was still relatively young.
The internationally recognised Institut Océanographique last year celebrated its 100th birthday.
“If we can provide a little support for various programmes…and exchange date we are thrilled to do so,” he remarked to reporters outside the impressive national headquarters in Renville.
Minister Coveney said the visit supported the development of shared links in a range of activities on the marine in both Ireland and Monaco. As honourary chairman of the Institut Oceanographique and grandson of its founder, Prince Albert obviously shares the family passion for the sea.
“We look forward to a fruitful collaboration between our two organisations in raising awareness of the very real issues that face us in the years ahead," he stated.
See full story and photographs in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.