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FRANK FAHEY WELCOMES REPORT ON LOST AT SEA SCHEME

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Date Published: 14-Dec-2009

Galway West TD Frank Fahey is welcoming the publication by the Ombudsman of a special report into the controversial Lost at Sea Scheme.

Emily O’Reilly published the report after the Department of Agriculture rejected her recommendations in relation to the scheme.

It’s only the second time in the 25 year history of the Ombudsman’s office that a Government Department has rejected a recommendation.

Deputy Fahey was the then Minister for Marine and Natural Resources who set up the scheme in late 2000 to help those who had lost fishing vessels in the 1980s to carry on a family tradition.

It offered compensation in the form of tonnage quotas to families.

The Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly recommended the Department should pay a quarter of a million euro compensation to the Byrne family from Donegal.

Francis Byrne and his 16 year old son drowned with three others on board the MFV Skifjord which sank off Donegal in 1981.

However his family only applied to the scheme after the closing date for applications.

Deputy Fahey told Galway Bay FM News he’s happy today’s report as it clarifies his handling of the scheme.

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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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