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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.