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GALWAY AND BALLINASLOE SUPERMARKET SITES FARE POORLY IN IBAL SURVEY

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Date Published: 31-Aug-2009

The Lidl and Argos complex at the Headford road in the city has been described as “seriously littered” in a survey by Irish Businesses Against Litter, IBAL.

The Ballinasloe Costcutters site has also ranked as “seriously littered” in the survey.

The group listed the country’s best known retailers for not cleaning up entrances, car parks and pavements.

The Lidl/Argos site at the Headford road in the city is ‘seriously littered’ according to IBAL.

The survey says “the planted areas and location at roadside of carpark were very dirty – filled with a wide variety of all manner of litter.”

Also described as “seriously littered’ is the costcutter site in Ballinasloe.

Meanwhile, Lidl in Ballinasloe was rated as “clean to European norms.”

IBAL is accusing local authorities such as Galway city council of failing to implement the law by imposing fines on supermarkets for litter.

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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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