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County Galway VEC’s Joe McDonagh wins court battle over pay

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County Galway VEC chief Joe McDonagh has won a court battle over pay.

The High Court has ruled that the heads of two Vocational Educational Committees can retain a €12,500 a year allowance for transport liaison duties despite the fact the duties stopped two years ago.

Joe McDonagh and Dr Katie Sweeney of Mayo VEC had challenged the decision of the Minister for Education to end the allowance last June once they were no longer responsible for overseeing transport arrangements.

However, Mr McDonagh and Dr Sweeney had argued that the allowance formed part of their basic pay and its removal would affect their pensions.

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan ruled the minister was given no power to terminate such payments in the manner in which he purported to do so.

Accordingly, he said the revocation of such payments last year by the minister must be judged to be unlawful.

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Clifden Station house Hotel has bumper year but director says Golfgate brought no joy to anyone

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden Station house Hotel had a bumper year in 2022, but in commenting on the accounts one director, Frank Forde, said Golfgate brought no joy to anyone.

The hotel operator, Western Railway Operations Ltd recorded post tax profits of just under 800 thousand euro.

The post tax profit for the 12 months to May 2022 followed a post tax loss of €1,500 in 2021.

The hotel was the location of the ‘Golfgate’ controversy in August 2020 during the early stages of the pandemic.

It resulted in two public figures, Phil Hogan and Dara Calleary resigning from their senior posts.

Two directors of the firm, hotel owner John Sweeney and his son, James Sweeney were two of the four defendants in a criminal prosecution concerning the staging of the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner.

The other defendants were Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil Senator Donie Cassidy from the Oireachtas Golf Society.

Last year all Covid-19 breach restrictions charges against the four were dismissed at Galway District Court by Judge Mary Fahy.

Judge Fahy said she was satisfied the organisers did everything to comply – not in a court of public opinion – but in the court of law.

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Inaugural Mary Robinson Climate Conference to be held in collaboration with University of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The inaugural Mary Robinson Climate Conference will be held this summer in collaboration with University of Galway.

The event will include discussion sessions, presentations, and workshops in an effort to bring different academias together to share climate-related research.

the conference, held in conjuction with the Mary Robinson Centre, will take place on the 6th and 7th of July in county Mayo.

Dr Gordon Bromley explains what this conference will bring to the climate conversation,

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Approval for water sports facility in Newcastle in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been given for a water sports facility planned for Newcastle in the city

The project is led by University of Galway and would be located close to the Quincentennial Bridge along the bank of the River Corrib.

The proposed facility would include a gym, changing rooms, bathrooms, reception area, café, function room and a range of offices.

There’d also be a rowing storage shed and two floating platoons on the bank of the River Corrib, as well as a pedestrian and cyclist greenway.

City planners have now given the go-ahead for the project, with a number of conditions attached.

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