Date Published: 11-Dec-2012
An amended budget for 2013 has been debated and voted on by City Councillors.
There was some positive news since the initial draft was published last week as Cllrs were advised of over 459 thousand in extra funds due to a lesser than expected local government fund cut, a reduction in insurance premia and revised rates valuation.
The amendment proposed by Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Crowe and seconded by Independent Cllr Declan McDonnell was voted for by 9 councillors and voted against by 6 at a special meeting last evening.
Changes include a cut to Failte Ireland funding of 50 thousand euro and the provision of 150 thousand euro towards a Local Area Improvement Scheme.
Labour’s budget presentation proposed that an increase in the cost of brown bin waste to 10 cent per kilo be rejected.
It was also proposed by Labour that funding is allocated to Galway Fire Services contingent on co-funding from the county council and the retention of the 2.5mile radius for health and safety reasons.
The amendment to the budget proposed by Cllr Michael Crowe included increases to the city promotional fund, arts and sports grants, the civic trust as well as gaillimh le gaeilge.
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.