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DUNMORE STUDENT GETS COMPENSATION FOR DISCRIMINATION

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Date Published: 17-Feb-2009

A former student of Dunmore Community School, has been awarded three and a half thousand euro in compensation after he was suspended from school in his Leaving Cert year for refusing to cut his hair.

The case – which dates back to 2004 – was taken by the boy’s mother on his behalf and the Equality Tribunal ruled that he had been discriminated against and victimised.

David Knott was a Leaving Cert Student at Dunmore Community School for the 2004/2005 school year.

He was told he had a “girl’s hair style” by the Deputy Principal at the school.

He was then told by the Prinicipal, Mr. Gilmore, to cut his hair or go to another school.

David cut his hair, but on returning to school, a barber was hired by the school to measure its length and he was told it was still too long.

David missed sitting his “mock” exams while on suspension and eventually moved to another school to sit his Leaving Cert.

David’s mother, Mary Knott brought a complaint to the Equality Tribunal.

The Equality Tribunal ruled that he was victimised and discriminated against by Dunmore Community School.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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