Date Published: 14-May-2012
The Galway campaign for the upcoming fiscal treaty referendum is ramping up.
Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley says he will spend 50-thousand euro campaigning for a NO vote in the EU fiscal treaty.
Mr Ganley says voting YES to the treaty out of fear of being cut off from emergency funding would be like buying a ticket for the titanic.
Sinn Fein are hosting public meetings across the city and county as part of their no campagin in the run up to the referendum.
Tonights meeting will take place in Sinn Fein’s Bohermore Office at 8.
The socialist workers party will host a table quiz in Busker Brownes in the city for their no campaign on Tuesday week.
A Galway county councillor has joined a group of Independent TDs in calling for the Government to postpone the upcoming referendum.
In a statement, Sean Canney says the Government called the date of the referendum too soon adding that the treaty as constructed may bever be implmented in Europe.
However, the Taoiseach’s rejecting fresh calls on him to delay ratifying the fiscal treaty.
Enda Kenny is insisting the referendum will go ahead on May 31st.
The Junior Finance Minister says the No side in the EU Treaty referendum campaign is on the back foot – because they can’t answer questions about funding.
Brian Hayes says all of those against the Treaty need to answer where funding will come from after 2013 – if Ireland votes No.
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.