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Council accused of cover-up over City Hall blast

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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.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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