Date Published: 21-Apr-2009
Minister Eamon O’Cuiv has confirmed that Fianna Fáil will have to look for a candidate in the general Galway area to replace Sean O’Neachtain on the Euro elections ballot paper
Just two weeks ago sitting MEP Sean O’Neachtain from Spiddal was selected as one of four Fianna Fail candidates for the North and West constituency in the June elections
However, last evening, there was shock across Fianna Fail circles and all political circles that Sean O’Neachtain has withdrawn from the race due to medical advice
The news has left the Fianna Fail party reeling as Sean O’Neachtain was the most high profile of the four candidates who also include Paschal Mooney, Pat O’Rourke and Gerard O’Connor
In addition, mathematically Galway is the most populated area, and strategically needs its own candidate
Fianna Fail sources feel if there’s no Galway candidate, Libertas Galway based candidate Declan Ganley will be the main beneficiary
The solution usually would be to run a TD, who would have profile at least, but in the current political climate Fianna Fail would be fearful of losing the resultant by-election
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
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.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
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.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
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.