Date Published: 21-Dec-2012
The Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport says NO sanction has been given to provide funding for debts accrued by the Volvo ocean race.
Organisers of the Galway race finale ‘Let’s do it Global’ are seeking Government assistance to deal with debts outstanding to an estimated 50 creditors.
The company which organised this year’s hugely succesful Volvo Ocean race finale in Galway, has been left with bills of up to 450 thousand euro.
Let’s do it Global representatives had meet with Government TD’s in recent weeks in an effort to get Government assistance to finalise the bills.
However, In a statement to Galway Bay Fm news, the Department of Transport says no sanction has been given to provide funding accrued by the Volvo Ocean race, and no instruction has been issued regarding this to the Department of Transport.
It adds the Volvo Ocean race has already received the single largest grant from Failte Ireland in 2012, and more than double the funding provided to all other major international events.
It goes on to say that the Department did receive a request from Let’s do it Global shortly after the festival and was informed that addtional funding was not available.
This year’s Volvo Ocean race finale saw over 900 thousand visits by spectators anf tourists to the race village and global village.
It’s economic impact to the city and environs is estimated to be valued at up to 100 million euro.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.