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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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.