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FALL-OUT AFTER PLANNING DEPT FAILS TO ATTEND MEETING WITH DOUGHISKA RESIDENTS

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Date Published: 05-Nov-2012

Galway City Council’s planning department says it has no difficulty in meeting with Doughiska residents over future plans to take local estates in charge.

It follows concerns raised by local Cllr Nuala Nolan who has hit out at planning officials for failing to attend a meeting on Friday.

The meeting was held in City Hall to discuss estate management at Fearainn Ri and Fionn Uisce.

The Director of Services for Transport and Infrasturcture and members of his staff attended the meeting with residents associations, and a spokeperson for the City Council says the primary focus was on issues surrounding transport.

The spokesperson adds that the planning department has met with residents previously and couldn’t attend on Friday due to unforeseen circumstances.

However Cllr Nolan says questions cannot be answered satisfactorily without representation from the planning department.

 

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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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