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CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO REMOVE KIRWAN ROUNDABOUT

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 15-May-2012

Galway city council has voted to remove the Kirwan roundabout at the Menlo Park Hotel.

At last evening’s city council meeting, councillors voted 9 – 6 in favour of replacing the roundabout with a signalised junction as part of the n6 Bothar na dTreabh scheme.

Councillors were asked to vote on one of three options- the first was diverting a road from the Menlo Park Hotel grounds through to the Headford road, the second involved the closure of the Liosban leg of the junction and creating a new access road, and the third was to do nothing and leave the roundabout intact.

After debating the issue for over two hours, the majority of councillors voted in favour of option one, also the preferred option of the city transportation unit.

The four leg signalised junction with the re-alignment of the road from the Menlo Park Hotel to a new T.junction can now proceed to the planning process.

There may be some issues with this however, as City Councillor Frank Fahy, who opposed the plans, claims the Menlo Park Hotel has planning for a leisure facility near the proposed new route.

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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.

Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.

However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.

 

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Two men before courts over county grow houses

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.

They appeared before Galway Circuit court.

Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.

In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.

Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.

He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.

He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.

He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.

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City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 14-May-2013

Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.

It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.

The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.

The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.

Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.

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