Date Published: 12-Jan-2012
There are "serious flaws" with the planning system in Galway when a person can’t build a house on their own land.
That’s according to City Councillor Frank Fahey, who proposed a material contravention of the Development Plan at a meeting of the Council yesterday. [9/1]
The contravention was to facilitate a woman demolishing a shed and building a house close to her family home at Coolough Road in Menlo.
The area is zoned G for open space and agriculture, however Director of Planning, Tom Connell recommended the development.
He said there should be no problem with it, however Councillor Colette Connolly said she was "astounded" by his recommendation.
She argued that it was not the job of the Council to materially contravene the Development Plan for an individual person.
The matter was put to a vote, with 9 councillors for and 5 against.
However it was not passed as 11 votes in favour are needed to pass a material contravention.
Councillor Fahey says he’s very disappointed with the planning process.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.