Date Published: 03-Oct-2012
A Galway Senator has called for clarification on the future rights of asylum seeker children based at the city’s Lisbrook House, and those within the direct provision system nationwide.
Sinn Fein’s Trevor O’Clochartaigh raised the matter in the Seanad this week as part of a discussion on the Children’s Referendum.
The Government published the wording for the proposed amendment to the Constitution to protect children’s rights, last month.
Ireland will go to the polls on Saturday November 10th.
The city’s Lisbrook asylum centre was due to close with the resulting relocation of 270 residents, including 100 children, to other centres nationwide and the loss of 24 jobs.
However this operation stalled after the Minister of Justice last month directed that no transfers take place until a consideration process of the case background in complete.
Speaking in the seanad, Senator O’Clochartaigh questioned how the wording of the referendum would affect the rights of the children in direct provision in the Galway centre.
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.