Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
City officials are moving quickly to convert the Briarhill roundabout into a junction with traffic lights despite uproar from the business community over a move which they fear will discourage motorists from visiting the city.
Councillors voted 10-5 in favour of the divisive plan – said to be the most controversial to come before the City Council in almost a decade – at Monday night’s local authority meeting and officials had advertised the tender for work by Tuesday morning.
The transformation of the Lynch roundabout is the first of six planned changeovers on the N6 from one side of the city to the other which officials intend to bring before the local authority in the coming months.
Members of the public expressed firm opposition to the plans during a public meeting two weeks ago and businesses have reacted with a mixture of “anger and disbelief” to Monday’s vote, according to the Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Retailers have already claimed that lengthy delays at the lighted junction at Moneenageisha, which was converted from a roundabout two ago, are forcing people to stay away from the city centre.
The Chamber has claimed that the Council has not provided enough “compelling reasons” for the changeover of the Briarhill roundabout at this time.
The President of the Chamber, Carmel Brennan, said she believed the proposals would be detrimental to the economic wellbeing of the city at this time.
Mayor of Galway, Michael Crowe (FF), said yesterday that the changeover of six roundabouts to traffic light junction was the most contentious issue he had dealt with during two terms on the City Council.
“What we did this week was a brave political decision,” he said. “The Chamber of Commerce have their job to do and I have mine. Motorists also have to consider the needs of other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. If somebody wants to cross the road at any of these roundabouts at the moment, they are risking their lives.”
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.