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CITY COUNCILLORS ANGRY AT IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW FIRE SERVICE RADIUS

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Date Published: 04-Dec-2012

A letter is to be sent to the Chief Fire Officer asking him to address the council in the New Year

Councillors had been hoping he would address them prior to the implementation of a new call out radius which they feel endangers lives

The new changes which involve extending the city limit to a radius of 5 miles before the part time crew is called in were implemented at the weekend.

However their letter of invitation was late being sent out and there was a delay in replying

This meant his letter stating he was happy to talk to them arrived just as the new 5 mile call out radius was implemented on Saturday

City manager Joe O Neill remains adamant that this is a staffing matter for the Fire Chief and the city council can’t dictate how he runs his service

However councillors pointed out the city council makes a substantial contribution to the fire service which gives them a say

Cllr Tom Costello said the saving of 25 thousand euro in changing the radius from 2 and a half miles to 5 is very minor given that this is a life or death situation

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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