Date Published: 10-Feb-2009
Senior Officials from Galway City Council, An Garda Síochána and taxi representatives are to meet next week [wed 18/2] to address the chaos regarding taxis in the city.
At a meeting of the City Council last night, councillors were presented with a blueprint from taxi drivers about possible solutions to the overcrowding problem.
Councillor Daniel Callanan told the meeting that there is “going to be major upheaval” some night in the city as frustration grows over the taxi crisis.
Councillor Tom Costello said 1.5 million euro has gone to the Taxi Regulator from Galway taxis.
City Manager Joe McGrath said he intends to increase taxi spaces in the city, but that he has to consider other road users aswell.
Several motions regarding the taxi situation, encouraging a speedy solution, were passed by councillors.
The meeting acknowledged however that the City Council has no control over how many taxis come to the city, as licences are issued by the Regulator.
A motion by Councillor Tom Costello calling for the city manager to resign from the Taxi Regulators Advisory Council was defeated.
Manager, Joe McGrath says the aim of next week’s meeting is to find some solutions to the taxi chaos in the city
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
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.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
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.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
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.