Date Published: 12-Feb-2008
A recent European Directive could have major implications for development around Galway docks.
The ‘Seveso’ Directive was implemented after a fire and explosion at an oil storage unit in Buncefield in the UK in 2005
The directive aims to prevent accidents at sites which store or generate specified quantities of hazardous materials
There are 2 at Galway docks, the Shell/Topaz and the Statoil/Leeside oil depot.
These depots are to merge at the proposed Coldchon oil depot site which will also be a designated ‘Seveso’ site.
The Health and Safety Authority is enforcing the directive and has decided that as a result of Buncefield, developments within 400 metres of ‘Seveso’ sites are to be restricted.
Galway city council is implementing this 400 metre rule subject to a comprehensive review on Buncefield which is due this June.
City Councillor Daniel Callinan says this could impact on planned developments around the docks.
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.