Date Published: 06-Apr-2012
The European Environment Commissioner is ‘disappointed’ with the decision of farmers in Galway and other areas to defy a ban on turf cutting.
Janez Potocnik reacted to news that the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, or TCCA, has pulled out of talks with government on finding a solution for farmers with raised bogs in areas of special conservation.
Government ministers Phil Hogan and Jimmy Deenihan were in Brussels earlier this week accompanied by Conor Skehan, chairman of the Peatlands Council.
They delivered a three-year transitional plan, prepared by the TCCA, to the European commissioner, but failed to get permission for Irish farmers to cut on protected bogs this year.
The TCCA reacted angrily, and vowed to go ahead and cut on bogs, regardless of the fact that turf-cutters may face prosecution for flouting the law, and that Ireland could be fined up to twenty five thousand a day.
TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan said turf-cutters were vindicating their rights by cutting this year on bogs their families have cut on for hundreds of years.
He said government had itself to blame if the country faced fines from Europe
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.