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.
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.