Date Published: 06-Sep-2011
No concrete solutions have been found to the city’s continuing traffic crisis.
Last night’s special meeting was a blame game which descended into farce at times.
The writing was on the wall from the outset when Mayor Hildegarde Naughton announced that the Gardai had pulled out of attending
Among themselves councillors spent large portions of the night engaged in petty bickering and loud attempts at political point scoring.
Director of Services Ciaran Hayes accused several councillors of proposing motions that lacked reality or research or funding
The motions centred on matters such as park n ride, three lane contra traffic flow on dual carriageways, night-time road works and implementing the smarter travel initiative
However Mr Hayes continues to state that the city’s traffic problems are due to the fact that it is not by-passed and that it needs an urban traffic management control centre.
For now, there are real fears of an escalation of the traffic crisis when work begins on removing the Lynch roundabout at Briarhill next week.
Cllr Padraig Conneely was told by the manager that his motion to defer the 8 week project was illegal because the contract has been awarded.
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.