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CITY ASYLUM CENTRE TO CLOSE

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Date Published: 10-Oct-2012

A decision has been made to close an asylum accomodation centre in the city.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed that Lisbrook House, formerly the IBIS hotel, off the Headford road, will close by the end of next month.

It follows a review on an earlier decision by the reception and integration agency to close the facility, which houses over 250 men, women and children.

In a statement, Minister Shatter says that the fundamental problem with keeping the centre open to the end of the school year in July 2013 is cost.

The cost of buying beds would amount to over 2 million euro, which the Government says could be put to better use.

On the specifics, the transfer of residents will take place from now until mid to late November.

Single people will begin to be moved over the next 10 days, most will go to the Great Western in Eyre Square and others will go to two other centres in Limerick city.

Families of children attending secondary school will transfer to the Eglington in Salthill to ensure their education will not be interrupted.

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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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