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CALL TO TACKLE CITY HOTSPOTS FOR TEENAGE DRINKING

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Date Published: 15-Apr-2013

A city councillor has called for a fresh focus on teenage drinking hotspots in the city.

Cllr Niall McNeilis told this week’s Joint Policing Committee that the amount or volume of teenage drinking can bring an area down and that he and other Cllrs have met with Gardai in Salthill to discuss the issue.

Garda Superintendent Marie Skehill said gardai are aware of hotspots in Millenium Park and Mervue.

Cllr McNeilis also referred to derelict sites which he says are making life hell for some of the neighbours.

Cllr Donal Lyons highlighted a vacant house in the city where he said young people congregate and suggested the owner be given two options – to make it safe or demolish it.

Cllr Declan McDonnell said he is familiar with similar situations involving a derelict house and told the meeting that the legislation protects the owner rather than the people who have to live with it.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Cllr McNeilis says certain actions could remedy the situation and all will be discussed.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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