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Fuel thieves target schools and businesses as oil prices rocket

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Date Published: 16-Mar-2011

Householders and schools across County Galway are building block walls around their heating oil tanks in an effort to prevent fuel being stolen from them.

As oil prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks, so too have oil thefts and now householders are taking desperate measures to protect their treasured fuel.

And Gardai have told The Connacht Tribune that schools and businesses are now the main targets because of the amount of heating oil they hold at any one time.

In recent weeks schools have been targeted by thieves who siphon oil from the tanks into large containers which they often sell on a door to door basis.

Detective Sergeant Mick O’Driscoll has now issued a warning to schools, businesses and householders to take every precaution possible to prevent their heating oil from being stolen.

He said that those responsible for taking the oil normally arrive to houses or business premises in vans containing large containers so that they can fill up – most of the houses targeted are normally unoccupied during the daytime hours.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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