Date Published: 08-Mar-2012
A Judge has ruled that both parties in a legal battle over alleged non payment of works at the home of Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames must iron out their differences or else have the case heard before him in May.
Oranmore tradesman, Michael Allen claims he is owed just under 23 thousand euros by Mrs Healy Eames and her husband Michael, for plumbing work carried out at an extension to the Healy-Eames home in Maree, Oranmore.
Mr Allen first took an action against Senator Healy-Eames and her husband in June 2010 when he sued them for almost 36 thousand euro.
He received €13,000 from the couple but claims he is still owed just under € 23,000.
Senator Healy-Eames strongly rejects the claims made by Mr Allen.
In 2007, Senator Healy-Eames and her husband applied for planning permission to knock their home in Maree, Oranmore and build a new house in its place.
Original plans for an adjacent garage were extended during the construction phase to include a 400 square foot meeting room.
On the direction of Judge Gerald Keys at Galway Circuit Civil Court yesterday, barristers for both sides held meetings with their respective engineers and tried to agree the costs of items of contention in relation to Mr Allen’s claim.
When both sides failed to reach agreement, Judge Keys directed that both parties and their engineers meet on site to agree the work carried out, its value, the outstanding works to be carried out, the value of those, and any alleged remedial works carried out and its value after Mr Allen repudiated his contract agreement and walked off site in November, 2009.
Judge Keys directed that both sides exchange their engineers’ reports before April 20 next and he gave both sides until May 3 when the matter will again be listed before the court, to either resolve their differences or go to full hearing.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.