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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.