Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
Savage cuts Galway County Council’s budget has left the local authority on track to run out of money for essential works like road repairs and hedge cutting – to the point where management has warned some senior staff that there may only be enough left to cover wages and nothing else up to the end of the year.
Engineers have been told that the Council is so strapped for cash that it may not be in a position to buy any more materials unless it gets a ‘dig out’ from central Government.
It also means that workers may be deployed from one part of the county to another to work in areas where other local authority projects are being carried out.
There is also the great fear that Galway County Council many not be in a position to purchase grit in the event of freezing conditions similar to last winter.
It is not the only budget that has been exhausted – the HSE West confirmed that its patient taxi service is running over-budget and will be reviewed, although their Regional Director insisted that no dialysis or cancer patient would be left stranded without transport.
Over €3m has been spent already this year by HSE West on taxi services for patients attending dialysis or going for cancer treatments.
The budget for the region – which extends from Donegal to Limerick – has already overrun by €1m and John Hennessy, Regional Director of the HSE, said this week that the “indiscriminate use” of the patient taxi service would end and that it would not be available to people who could provide their own transport.
It’s a similar situation at Galway County Council where senior engineers were called to a meeting and were relayed the grim news that there is no money in the pot to purchase basic materials to repair roads or fill potholes.
And this has prompted Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish to raise the matter with the Department of the Environment and demand that more essential funding be made available to the County Council.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.