Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Galway City Council staff were questioned in relation to maintenance work that was carried out on the plumbing system at City Hall in the days before the explosion of a water boiler that occurred at the building exactly one year ago this week.
Witness statements taken from staff in relation to the plumbing work are included in a list of records held by the local authority concerning an investigation into the causes of the explosion, the Sentinel can reveal.
However, one year on from the incident, a former mayor has again accused Galway City Council of a cover-up in relation to the incident after it refused to release details of documents pertaining to the investigation under the Freedom of Information Act.
Among the records that the Council refused to release is a series of 14 pieces of correspondence between the local authority and Health and Safety Authority (HAS) between June 11, 2010 and September 9 last year.
The Council also denied access to a Dangerous Occurrence Investigation Report, the existence of which is confirmed in the list of records held by local authority, and the witness statements of 14 members of staff who were interviewed in the aftermath of the explosion.
Galway City Council said that the documents were not being released because the investigation into the blast that is understood to have originated from a water boiler near the Finance Department at City Hall has not yet been completed – one year after the incident occurred.
The Freedom of Information Officer of the Council also said: “It is also my opinion that the public interest would not be better served by the release of the documents at this stage.”
See full story in this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.