Date Published: 10-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Millions of euro in funding for two new schools on the east side of the city could be lost – and the building work on the schools delayed for up to 20 years – if a dispute over a roadway isn’t resolved, City Councillors were warned last night.
Director of Services for Transportation and Infrastructure Ciarán Hayes confirmed that the Council would not proceed with building a controversial new road through a green area in the Túr Uisce estate in Doughiska until he, officials, residents and elected members meet again this week.
Several meetings have already taken place between Galway VEC, Councillors, Council officials and residents after a stand-off took place on Good Friday when Council workers were forced to stop construction on the road due to health and safety concerns after residents protested.
Mr Hayes said that outline planning permission was granted for two schools, primary and secondary, on a landlocked site and that one of the conditions of the planning is that road access to the site would be provided through Túr Uisce.
Last night’s City Council meeting heard that if the road is not built by June, then the Public Private Partnership money allocated for the two schools would be put in jeopardy.
Mr Hayes said that if an access road is not built then the funding could be jeopardised, which would delay the building of the schools “for at least 15 or 20 years” given the current economic climate.
Cllr Collette Connolly (Lab) proposed that the Council go-ahead and build the road so that the PPP funding is not jeopardised this June but she wanted the Council to agree to providing an alternative access road “prior to the opening of the schools”, which haven’t got full planning permission yet.
She said there needed to be agreement with residents because otherwise the road could be challenged to An Bórd Pleanála, which will “bury the schools” altogether.
Mr Hayes said it was always envisaged that a road would be built through Túr Uisce to access the site, even when it had been earmarked for residential use and not just for the schools. He said the Council has a difficulty with Cllr Connolly’s wording that it would “commit to providing an alternative route” because that suggested there was an alternative access route. Alternative access points to the site being suggested by elected representatives “would compromise the public transport corridor” site adjacent to the site earmarked for the schools. It would also compromise recreational and amenity zoned lands in the area.
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.