Date Published: 28-Oct-2010
Galway City Council is to consider a recommendation to provide €300k to help refurbish the Irish Language theatre, An Taibhdhearc.
The historic theatre, which is based at Middle Street in the city, was damaged by fire in 2007 and has not reopened since.
Late last year, controversy erupted between theatre management and the then Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív.
Minister Ó Cuív’s department wanted the relocation of An Taibhdhearc to a proposed Irish cultural centre at Merchants Road.
Theatre management felt at the time that it would not be an appropriate location to suit their needs.
Funding of €300k from the Gaeltacht Department is dependent on the City Council matching the figure, and another €300k is to be fundraised.
A recommendation has been made that the City Council provide €50k every year for 6 years for the refurbishment.
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.