Date Published: 25-Jul-2011
The Equality Tribunal has found that Galway-based airline, Aer Arann discriminated against a woman and has awarded her 3 thousand euro.
Dutch-native, children’s author, Corina Duyn, could not board a flight from Cork to Edinburgh in 2009 because the airline’s handling agents refused to accept her mobility scooter.
Ms Duyn, who lives in Waterford, was due to fly with Aer Arann in August 2009 to attend the Edinburgh Book Festival.
According to today’s Irish Times, she contacted Aer Arann and told them she would be travelling with her mobility scooter.
As she was about to board the aircraft at Cork airport, Ms. Duyn was approached by a Servisair employee who told her Aer Arann did not carry such batteries.
Aer Arann told the hearing Ms Duyn told staff when booking her flight that her scooter contained a dry-cell battery.
They said if she had told them it was a wet battery they would have advised her of the difficulties.
The Tribunal found Ms. Duyn was discriminated against on the grounds of disability.
It ordered Aer Arann to conduct a review of its policies and procedures regarding scooter batteries.
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.