Date Published: 26-May-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
A LEGAL crux that has arisen over recent weeks between the City Council and the private owner of lands along the route of the Seamus Quirke Road revamp project, now looks likely to be resolved over the next few days, the Galway City Tribune has learned.
Negotiations are at an ‘advanced stage’ between the City Council and the Dun Arus Management Company – the owners of the land at the centre of the legal wrangle.
A compensation figure – believed to be in the €60,000 to €80,000 region – is close to being agreed between the parties over the portion of land in question, at the front of the Dúnárás apartment complex near Fort Lorenzo roundabout.
In the past week, a sign has been placed on the property in front of the apartments that the Council ‘moved in on’, saying ‘private property, no entry’.
The City Council are adamant a verbal agreement had been reached between them and the owners of the property, pending legal formalisation of the arrangement.
However, the owners of the land sought a six figure compensation amount from the City Council when the contractors on the project moved in on the lands a number of weeks back, before the legal agreement had been signed off upon.
The Galway City Tribune learned last evening that a compromise is now close to being reached between the two parties, involving a compensation payment.
No work has taken place on this section of the road revamp over recent weeks and there have been strong exchanges between some councillors and the City Council over the manner in which the transaction was handled.
A City Council spokesman however said yesterday that no deal had yet been done but that discussions were ongoing. “We are now very hopeful that agreement on this issue can be reached very soon,” said the spokesman.
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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.