Date Published: 26-Jun-2012
The National Parks and Wildlife Service should be disbanded and replaced by a new environmental state body with new management.
That’s the view of Loughrea area Cllr Jimmy McClearn who passed a motion on his proposal at last evening’s meeting of the County Council.
The motion was seconded by Tuam area Cllr Michael Connolly who said the NPWS is inflexible in terms of the habitats directive which bans cutting on raised bogs including Clonmoylan where a two day impasse took place last week.
Cllr Dermot Connolly also backed the proposal to disband the group stating that the stand-off in Clonmoylan could have exploded into something more serious were it not for the intervention of the local bog action group and the Gardai.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Cllr McClearn says the NPWS no longer enjoys the trust and support of the local community and reform is now needed.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.