Date Published: 11-Apr-2008
An investigation into an accident at the Salthill Airshow where the door fell off a military helicopter has found a pre-flight inspection did not detect the door had been tampered with.
The Air Accident Investigation Unit has published it’s report into the incident which took place last June during which two people sustained minor injuries.
The injuries were caused by an emergency hatch falling 40 metres from a Royal Air Force helicopter as it took off from Salthill Park.
Three spectators give accounts of the door falling to the ground with one woman recalling how the door hit her on the chin and knocked her backwards.
The report has found that a locking mechanism of the hatch had been interfered with by an unknown member of the public during a period of public access.
The investigation found that the event was not malicious but occurred as a result of ‘a mindless act of curiosity on the part of a unknown spectator’.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.