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FATAL ROAD CRASHES INCREASE IN THE WEST

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Date Published: 16-Jan-2013

Motorists in Galway are being urged to be alert and vigilant on the roads as latest statistics show there were 18 road deaths in the county last year.

Gardai say road deaths and crashes resulting in serious injury across the Connaught region have increased contrary to the national trend.

 

According to Garda figures there were 18 road deaths in Galway last year and serious injury collisions left 31 people with life changing injuries.

Gardai say the majority of fatal collisions, more than a third, happen on Sundays.

The peak hours for fatal collisions seems to be between 8am and 8p.m.

This time last year, ten people died on roads in the West in single vehicle collisions.

Gardai are now urging motorists never to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, always wear a seatbelt and drive at a safe speed.

Some seasonal factors also need to be taken into account, such as early morning frost of fog.

Pedestrians and cyclists in Galway are also urged to be vigilant and always wear high visibility clothing.

 

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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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