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CALL FOR REVIEW OF OPERATIONS ON GALWAY TO LIMERICK LINE

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 27-Jan-2012

West on track, the lobby group behind the Western rail corridor, is calling for a review of operations on the Galway to Limerick line.

The group wants the Minister of Transport Leo Varadker to examine the case for tendering the route to operators such as the RPA, the group behind the Luas.

They claim that if Iarnród Eireann were to operate the same intercity service on the Galway to Limerick line as the Dublin to Cork line, services between Galway and Limerick would take just over an hour instead of the current two.

Last November, the Government announced that the WRC was one of the major capital projects that will be deferred indefinitely.

The only part of the project which will continue is the construction of stations at Oranmore and Crusheen on the Ennis to Athenry line.

However, work has yet to begin at Crusheen as Iarnrod Eireann continues negotiations with a third party over funding contributions.

The second phase of the project from Athenry to Tuam, and the third phase to Claremorris, have all been deferred as part of the Capital Investment Programme from 2012 to 2016.

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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.

Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.

However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.

 

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Two men before courts over county grow houses

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.

They appeared before Galway Circuit court.

Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.

In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.

Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.

He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.

He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.

He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.

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City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 14-May-2013

Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.

It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.

The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.

The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.

Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.

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