Galway Bay fm newsroom – A dump-truck driver has lost a 60 thousand euro damages claim against his former Tuam based employer.
Petru Muntian claimed he suffered a severe injury to his back after being told to lift heavy kerb stones onto his vehicle in March 2016.
34 year old married man Petru Muntian, with an address in Dublin but originally from Moldova, alleged he suffered an ‘excruciating injury’ on March 14th, 2016.
It was claimed he was directed by PJ Personnel of Tuam on that date to take his dumper to Sisk’s work yard in East Wall Dublin to collect kerb stones.
He alleged forklift drivers on the site refused to assist him and told him to lift the stones himself – leading to a back injury while he attempted to lift a stone weighing around 70kg.
He subsequently took legal action against PJ Personnel Limited of Tuam and John Sisk & Son Holdings of Clondalkin, Dublin 22 for 60 thousand euro in damages.
However, at the Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Mary O’ Malley said the court had been left with a ‘lot of confusion’ as to the cause and date of the accident.
She found the defendants had provided a safe system of work which had not been obeyed by Mr. Muntian and therefore she could not find any negligence on their part.
A forensic consultant engineer told the court that even an olympic weightlifter would have considered the ‘foolhardiness’ of lifting a 70kg kerbstone chest high.
According to the Irish Times, Judge O’ Malley also offered that she had not been provided with any evidence of the inability of the plaintiff to work.
She ultimately ruled that Mr. Muntian had come into court with an exaggerated and unsubstantiated claim and as a result, she had to dismiss it and award costs against him.
Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.
He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.
But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.
Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.
Údarás na Gaeltachta approves over 60 new jobs in Connemara
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over 60 new jobs in Connemara.
At its board meeting last evening, investment was approved in a wide range of projects in Gaeltacht regions nationwide.
Among the projects approved was a a development at Aran Biomedical in An Spidéal, whill will create 45 new jobs.
Investment was also approved for Tully-based media company Fíbín Teo, which will create 15 new jobs by 2025.
The meeting was attended by the newly appointed CEO of Údarás, Tomás O’ Síocháin.
Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.
Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.
But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.
Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.