Date Published: 13-Jul-2012
32 submissions have been debated on the draft local area plan for Oranmore.
Members have been discussing the Manager’s Report at a special meeting of the local authority all day today.
Concerns have been raised regarding an unfinished development in Oranhill which Cllrs fear poses a major health and safety risk to children.
It follows a submission which asks that the site should be made safe and returned to a green area due to its potential to lead to a fatality.
However, the Manager’s report states there’s a live permission on the site until May 2016, therefore enforcement action is not an option.
Cllrs were advised that the developer has been in contact as recently as this week.
Water is lodging in the area and some pathing has been removed.
Local Cllr Liam Carroll has said that the local authority should use the full rigours of the law to ensure there is no fatality or injury.
A number of changes to the Manager’s report were also passed by Cllrs.
These involved removing a site at Cartron from the local area plan and amending the boundary along the Coast Road, to enable future agricultural use of the land.
Cllrs also passed a proposal for the zoning consideration of single house developments on family owned lands along the R338 Coast Road.
Cllr Liam Carroll, Chairperson of the Oranmore Local Area Cllrs, says the solution was reached on condition such single housing would not impact on the Strategic Reserve Area.
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.