Date Published: 14-Jul-2009
Galway City Council is working on a plan to assist householders, who were affected by lead contamination in the water, upgrade their lead pipes.
Until now, the Council maintained that it’s not responsible for upgrading pipes in private homes.
However for several months, councillors and householders have appealled to the Council to fund the replacement of pipes in homes, which was estimated to cost 1000 euro per house.
Now the Council has negotiated a price of 500 euro per household for the upgrade with an on-site contractor in the Old Mervue area
City Manager, Joe McGrath said in order to fund the upgrade of pipes in homes, savings would need to be made by abolishing the current policy of providing bottled water.
Under the proposed scheme, affected homeowners could apply for financial assistance towards the cost of connecting to the new water distribution system in Mervue.
The grant aims to assist specific income thresholds and those in “specific need” only, such as the elderly and the unemployed.
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.