Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
By Denise McNamara
Families who want to bury their loved ones over the weekend have been forced to delay proceedings as a result of a shortage of Council staff.
The issue of burials on Saturdays and Sundays was raised at this week’s City Council meeting by Councillor Ollie Crowe, who believes there should be a change of policy to accommodate bereaved families.
A recent case involved complaints from one family to several councillors.
Council staff in the two city local authority cemeteries – Bohermore and St Joseph’s in Rahoon – can dig a maximum of four graves a day between both graveyards on Saturdays and Sundays.
Only Council staff oversee the digging of the grave, in contrast to burials in rural areas which are traditionally carried out by friends and neighbours.
Once that limit is reached in the city, no further burials are permitted. Undertakers are obliged to contact Council officials by noon on a weekday to book a funeral.
The recent case came to the attention of councillors because the undertaker who told the family to go ahead with the arrangements without finalising the details with the Council first. Death notices were published advising of the weekend burial but then had to be changed after the Council indicated it could not provide the staff to organise the grave to be dug.
Cllr Crowe : “I’m aware of at least three cases in the past six weeks where this has happened. Families surely go through enough stress without giving them more. They shouldn’t have to suffer without arguing or bickering over an extra couple of quid.”
A spokesman from the council said three workers were needed to oversee a burial. There was a shortage of staff in every department due to the public service moratorium.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.