Date Published: 04-Jun-2008
Four Galway primary schools are still waiting for building projects to go ahead despite being told a year and a half ago that work would start early this year.
In November 2006, The Department of Education announced that work would proceed on Cappataggle Central School in Ballinasloe, Tirellan Heights National School in the city and 2 Oughterard National Schools
However the Department has delayed sanctioning the work and there is growing worry in the schools about their situations.
A new building was due to be built in Oughterard to facilitate the amalgamation of the girls and boys primary schools
Principal of the girl’s school, Patricia Coleman is appealing to Minister for Education Batt O Keefe to take action
Cappataggle School has got planning permission for an extension but the department will not give the green light for the work
School principal Michael Walsh says an extension is badly needed
Meanwhile the Fine Gael spokesperson for Education is also criticising the Government for failing to start building work on Colaiste Iognaid ‘The Jes’ secondary school in the city.
It appears the school has got planning permission for the work but cannot begin until the Department of Education releases funds.
Brian Hayes doesn’t think work will start this year.
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.