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City Manager seeks go-ahead for court battle

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Date Published: 05-May-2011

BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM

 

The interim City Manager will ask councillors for ‘permission’ next week to go to the High Court and defend a legal challenge against the new five-year City Development Plan.

The Galway City Tribune has learned that Joe O’Neill has received legal advice that he must first get the authorisation of a majority of the 15 elected members before he can defend the action being taken by a former Mayor of Galway.

A row is expected to erupt at the meeting, with concerns expressed over “contradictory” legal advice being disseminated to councillors.

At the meeting next Monday evening, the interim Manager will explain that legal advisers have said there is no reason why councillors should not proceed to adopt the official minutes of a controversial meeting on January 24 – at which Independent Councillor Catherine Connolly continued to discuss the Development Plan 2011-17 and take part in crucial votes, despite a vote to expel her from the meeting because of her behaviour.

However, he also needs “authorisation” of the councillors to defend a legal action.

Two months ago, this newspaper revealed the details of a confidential memo in which Mr O’Neill said the local authority’s legal advisers said the validity of the Plan could be challenged because of Cllr Connolly’s refusal to leave the meeting.

And last month, we reported that former Mayor and Fianna Fáil councillor Micheál Ó hUigínn has sought a Judicial Review of the decision to adopt the Development Plan, with particular reference to his rezoning bid for his lands on the Seamus Quirke Road – where he had plans for a ‘Dundrum Town Centre’ type development.

At the time, acting City Manager Ciarán Hayes said the Council would be defending the action. However, in a letter to councillors this week, Joe O’Neill said his advice is that he must first get the authorisation of a simple majority (eight) of the councillors to act on their behalf and defend the action, so he can immediately submit a replying affidavit to the High Court.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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